‘The Fate of the Furious’: Screenwriter Chris Morgan talks Shaw… and Han

There’s newcomer Scott Eastwood, playing a by-the-book rookie alongside Mr. Shaw’s rescue of Dominic Toretto’s child is, arguably, a redemptive moment for the character. That felt like you might be able to turn him, in a way that you could start understanding what his motivations were. I love him and Dwayne. When   we first met Deckard, he was   killing Han. “Bad Guy From   Furious 6“) and the introduction of his mother, played by Helen Mirren. [laughs] Can you tell? There was a funny version earlier. Ultimately, we got it there and tried it. I’ve got to tell you, I love him in this movie. I think people will be surprised and interested in it. His character is a man with a code, and he believes in it, and he has a lot of similarities to Dom. They’ll come to understand. He’s also the main participant in the wildest hand-to-hand fight   scene,   battling   his way through an airplane while carrying an adorable baby. Except actually, it’s not that uneasy: Hobbs warms up to   Shaw, and by the end of the film, he’s warmly accepted at the Toretto family barbecue. But there’s also Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw – who you may remember as the bad guy from   Furious Seven. He gets the baby, has this fight, at the end of it, he opens up that duffel bag and there’s a car seat in it, a baby seat. But also, you can see, in this film, a little more in [Deckard’s]   core, as well. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You joined the franchise writing the screenplay for   Tokyo Drift, the movie that introduced Han. And the film generally builds up the notion of Shaw as a family man, with   a cameo from his brother Owen (Luke Evans, a.k.a. Was there concern about it? Maybe the audience isn’t expecting it. I know it’s a little unsettling, I know it’s a little different. Originally it was orchestrated a different way: Jason fights his way to get to the baby, and the sequence ends there. This movie gets to a little bit more about who he is, and we learn a lot of new things about him. Bringing Jason into the franchise, we always had an understanding. We had several versions we were talking about. We haven’t forgotten about it. I think it’s all, in the end, going to be a really exciting, fun, valuable experience. So there was no concern about, like, “Do they forgive him for killing Han?”
That is one of the concerns: Will the audience embrace a character, judging what’s happened in the last films? I love the way he relates to the team. It was a conversation. We have the luxury of getting to that. His character, God, I love Han. Then Shaw is forced into an uneasy alliance with the Toretto crew. I think the response will be that, because of what happened to Han, there is going to be a residual drama and tension. We’re able to position it in a way that a healing   happens. We’re going to investigate all of that. CHRIS MORGAN:   There are a couple of   things I would say. We talked to screenwriter Chris Morgan about   Shaw’s role in   Fate – and how it leads into the final   Fast trilogy. Still, given that Deckard   was introduced killing off a beloved character like Han, it’s a twist that has raised some eyebrows. When we were getting ready to do it, I’m like, “God, you know what’d be so much more interesting is if he   got the baby and had to fight his way   out   with the kid.” There was definitely some concern on a lot of people’s parts: “Does that break tone?”   I think it makes his character fun, special. Fast Five itself saw Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs evolve from antagonist into ally, and   Furious Seven added Nathalie Emmanuel’s hacker Ramsey and Kurt Russell’s mysterious Mr. For sure, for sure! So at least there are some markers in there for these two guys. There are things, as developers, that we know about the character that you guys, the audience, do not know. The sequence with him on the plane carrying the baby is one of my favorite scenes. We’re going to lean into that. Come back Sunday for a chat with Statham himself on his role in   Fate of the Furious – and where Deckard Shaw goes from here. Sung Kang is one of my favorite people on the planet. Fast & Furious   has a lot to say about family, but   the Universal franchise practices what it preaches. Nobody. The Fate of the Furious quickly reestablishes Shaw’s antagonistic relationship with Hobbs, and the stage is set for a prison-break showdown between the two characters. We don’t know his full story yet, so there are things we’re going to learn that I think will be cool when it comes to light. When you guys initially brought him on in the last couple of movies, was there always some notion of flipping him from an antagonist to   joining up with the team? It sounds like you’re speaking directly to the fans of Han. I am so intensely   excited about whatever you are talking around right now. WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS COPIOUS SPOILERS FROM   THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, THE BEST FILM EVER MADE ABOUT CARS FIGHTING A SUBMARINE. Beyond that, I would say, Deckard’s character is not that dissimilar from Dom, in certain ways. He puts the kid   in it, fights his way to where Dom’s car is in the back of the airplane, and then he ends up going out the back of the airplane with the kid — like they did in the last movie. And then beyond it, we’re gonna learn some more interesting stuff about him. The Fate of the Furious continues that expansion. I think that, over the journey over the next few films, I think anyone who may be having issues about that will get a satisfying resolution. Ever since 2011’s   Fast Five retroactively   fused the divergent casts of the series’ first few sequels into a cinematic universe of Automotive Avengers, every film has brought new characters into   Dominic Toretto’s crew. And look, there is still conversations for Deckard and the team to be having about it. The reason Dom went to jail in the original film is he did some violence against someone who hurt his family. I love Han! Nobody to the team. What was the conversation like when it came to filming that scene? Originally, Jason gets on the airplane, he’s got this big black duffel bag and we don’t know what’s in it. Deckard’s story is not too far away from that. There’s still things we get to discover. How did you guys decide to turn his character in this film? And Jason agreed. The reason he comes after our guys in the last film is because he has a similar code, and he looks after family. Show Full Article (Well, one of the bad guys.) Statham actually joined the franchise at the end of Fast & Furious 6, when it was revealed that he killed longtime Toretto crew member Han (Sung Kang) as   the first step of his   vengeance mission.