Paul Walker Says FAST & FURIOUS 8 “Guaranteed”; Talks FF7 and Beyond, the Abrupt Director Change, Consulting J.J. Abrams about Returning, and More

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Last week, Collider was invited to sit down with Paul Walker for a lengthy interview, to discuss his remarkable work in the dramatic thriller Hours, about a father (played by Walker) who struggles to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  While we will run the portion of the interview where he talked about that film and his experience making it, closer to its December 13th theatrical release, we did want to share what he had to say about Fast & Furious 7.

Due out in the summer of 2014, Fast & Furious 7 has a new director in James Wan (The Conjuring), which not only made Walker nervous, but made him question whether to actually return for another film, at all.  During this exclusive interview with Collider, he talked about what sold him on James Wan, as a director, what he was like to work with on set, how what he’s doing with the film has a definite look that’s all his own, and how the entire cast embraced him.  He also talked about how the studio is hoping for a Fast & Furious 8, 9 and 10, but that there will definitely at least be an eighth film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

fast-and-furious-6-paul-walkerAre you still amazed at how, after six movies and now on the seventh, the Fast & Furious movies keep doing better, with each one that’s made?

PAUL WALKER:  It’s crazy!  We’ll see what happens with this next one. 

How has it felt, having a different director with James Wan?

WALKER:  I was so scared, going in without Justin [Lin].  I ran into J.J. Abrams at South by Southwest, and he was like, “Hey, what’s up man?”  I did Joy Ride.  He wrote Joy Ride with Clay Tarver, and I did that movie in 1998, before J.J. was J.J.  I think Felicity came right after that, or something.  He’s a cool guy.  It doesn’t seem like he’s changed that much, which I was stoked to see.  I said, “They want us to go do another Fast & Furious, but my man, Justin, isn’t coming back.  I don’t know if I want to do it.”  He said, “Fuck, don’t do it then.”  That was coming from a director.  I thought that was cool.  I really was like, “I don’t know.”  And Justin passed on a crazy amount of money.  I was like, “Wow, Justin, good for you, man.  This takes a lot of your life.  You’ve been doing it for a long time.  Go do something else.”  Directors are married to a project for so much longer than actors are.  We’ll go do three in the time it takes for a director to finish one. 

I was still deciding, and Peter Safran, a producer on Hours, did The Conjuring with James.  So, when James was anointed as the new guy, Peter called me up and said, “Dude, you’re gonna love him.  That guy’s amazing!”  Coming from Peter, that meant something.  I really respect him.  I was like, “That’s good.”  And then, it turned into a conversation with James over the phone, and I was like, “This guy is so sweet.  He’s so nice.”  My intuition is on point with people.  I can read people.  Even through the phone, you can read sincerity.  You can’t bullshit me.  I’ve been around too many sharks, for too long.  I was like, “He’s a really good guy.”  I called up Peter and was like, “You weren’t kidding.  This guy is awesome!”  And then, I was like, “Sweet people get eaten up.”  I started thinking like that. 

fast-furious-7-vin-diesel-paul-walkerSo, I was having these conversations with him, and I think it was the third conversation when I said, “Do you realize what you’re getting into with this thing?  This movie means far too much to too many people.”  It’s not just that, on the day, but think of how many stars there are, how many producers, how much this represents to the studio, and the fan pressure.  So, when I said, “Do you realize what you’re getting into?,” he was like, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!”  And then, about two weeks into it, he was like, “The real answer is no, I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into.  I really believed I was gonna have more freedom and get to do more stuff on this than I did on the smaller movies, but it’s just the opposite.” 

Maybe this is just horrible bad, but I think I’ve had enough successes to where the journey is more important to me now.  There’s no guarantee, no matter what.  We get one run in life.  I don’t want to work with douchebags.  I wanna work with good people.  I don’t want to work with screaming, yelling directors who’ve got daddy issues.  I just don’t want to deal with those guys.  James is really excited on set.  He’s just a cool guy.  There wasn’t nearly enough time for prep.  We got it going way too fast, like we always do.  There are times where he was barely able to keep up with it because it was moving so quick, but you’d never know it because he won’t reveal it.  He’s a little ninja.  He’s a little assassin warrior.  Justin was the same way.  He has the heart of a lion.  I’m really, really impressed with James, as a person.  The shots and what he comes up with, there’s a certain fluidity.  He definitely has a look.  He’s a shooter.  He has good movement.  I like his angle and composition, and the way he looks at things.  He’s a talented guy.  We’ll see what happens.  He deserves a victory, I’ll tell you that. 

fast-and-furious-6-paul-walkerHow does the action compare to the previous films?

WALKER:  He hasn’t done as much of it.  It takes everybody a little bit to find their stride, but he figures it out really quick.  I couldn’t do what he’s doing right now.  I’ve been around it a long time, and I couldn’t do it.  I police personalities and make sure things are harmonies.  That’s what I do.  I just want there to be good energy, all the time, and I think that works well with a director like James.  With this one, I think it’s cool ‘cause everyone was a little fearful with Justin leaving and bringing in a new guy, but the entire cast embraced him and was cool with him.  They wouldn’t feel as compelled to do that, if he didn’t exude what he does.  It’s not so much being good guys, as much as it is wanting to be a good guy because he’s a good guy.  It’s pretty cool.  I like seeing that. 

Have you had any conversations with Vin Diesel about how many more films you want to do and how long this franchise can realistically go on?

WALKER:  Well, the studio supposedly wants 8, 9 and 10.  I’ll be 50.  Even if 7 were to [tank], there’s at least an 8.  That’s a guarantee.  The thing that’s pretty crazy is that neither Vin nor I were going back to do the third one.  They were going to do a direct-to-video 4.  They were going to dispose it and be done with it.  But then, Vin was like, “No, I’ll come in for a cameo,” because it wasn’t testing well.  He wanted to set up the fourth one and the studio went for it, and we got a second life.  It was supposed to be done already. 




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  • TJW

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  • TJW

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  • Dean Guest

    …This stuff Walker says in this actually makes me lower my expectations for Fast 7. Bit worried for how it’s gonna turn out now. Tbh though, what were Universal thinking changing the director and wanting a film a year after fast 6 came out? That’s not how you make great movies.

  • Dean Guest

    …This stuff Walker says in this actually makes me lower my expectations for Fast 7. Bit worried for how it’s gonna turn out now. Tbh though, what were Universal thinking changing the director and wanting a film a year after fast 6 came out? That’s not how you make great movies.

    • Norrtron

      Have the Fast and Furious movies ever really aspired for greatness anyways?

      • Dean Guest

        No, but you would want to make the film as best as possibly can. Limiting that to making the film within a year with a newbie to the series severely limits that possibility.

      • Dean Guest

        No, but you would want to make the film as best as possibly can. Limiting that to making the film within a year with a newbie to the series severely limits that possibility.

    • Norrtron

      Have the Fast and Furious movies ever really aspired for greatness anyways?

    • Marissa Evans

      In fairness they have been getting worse since the first one (fifth one I didn’t mind as much as the others). They’re very poorly written as is, so I don’t know how much worse they can get.
      Still I do get some sort of guilty pleasure out of them, so although my expectations are very low, it’s not completely intolerable that they’re keeping it going. I like the characters enough.

      • bombinUSA

        god you’re hot.

      • Slade

        Actually I would disagree. I feel that they have gotten better ever since the fourth. The movies stopped taking themselves so seriously and they started embracing their silliness which made the films more fun to watch, in my opinion. Plus, you can tell that the films, lately, have lowered the CGI (not completely) and started using more practical stunts and effects which has made the action more intense and admirable. Also, I like the way that Justin filmed the action. His wide shots made the action actually comprehensible and it made me appreciate the hard work that the stunt people actually did for the films.

      • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

        I agree they’ve gotten worse. Why people keep seeing them is beyond me. I like 1 and 4. The bigger and dumber they got, the less interesting they became to me. They’re the Transformers of theft movies.

    • Chad

      What was Universal thinking? The director CHOSE not to come back. They didn’t fire him. They wanted him back. Not reading the article is not how you make great forum posts.

      • Dean Guest

        I wasn’t saying they got rid of the director, I said changing the director and wanting the film within a year. You can change the director and you can ask for a film within a year but you don’t do both, you’re throwing a guy who has no shorthand with crew or actors and is completely fresh to the franchise then expecting them to make a film within a year, it’s ridiculous.
        Please read comments properly before jumping to the next opportunity to flame someone on the internet.

    • Chad

      What was Universal thinking? The director CHOSE not to come back. They didn’t fire him. They wanted him back. Not reading the article is not how you make great forum posts.

  • Marissa Evans

    Ten? Good grief, way too many. Even eight seems too much. Seven they can maybe wrap it up, but they don’t seem to want to slow down. It’s hilarious how even Walker seems to be expressing fatigue over the idea of going on to ten.

    • Brenno

      The show would go on without walker. It’ll die when Vin Diesel hang’s up his gloves for good

  • Jamie

    Vin Diesel has talked about having plans for Fast 10. I think that would be a good place to stop. It has to end at some point and for me 10 films would be the upper limit of what would be plausible before audience fatigue would set in.

    • Bob

      I pretty much agree. 10 seems to be the goal.

    • RiddleThemThis

      Until they make part 11 about 10 years afterwards. One last adventure at a time when the audience fatigue would have faded and the established fan-base would feel too much nostalgia not to come back.

  • Jamie

    Vin Diesel has talked about having plans for Fast 10. I think that would be a good place to stop. It has to end at some point and for me 10 films would be the upper limit of what would be plausible before audience fatigue would set in.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    I think they are thinking about a Fast ocean’s Eleven and furious thing before they let it go

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    I think they are thinking about a Fast ocean’s Eleven and furious thing before they let it go

  • BrutalDEEJAY

    I’m guessing 2015 for 8, 2016 for 9 and 2018 for 10.
    either that or 2016, 2017, 2019
    It’s just my guess

  • BrutalDEEJAY

    I’m guessing 2015 for 8, 2016 for 9 and 2018 for 10.
    either that or 2016, 2017, 2019
    It’s just my guess

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  • Idris Elba

    Idris Elba needs to be Vin Diesel’s mentor in this movie.

  • Justin

    Jesus Christ….did anyone else notice how many times he said “like” during the interview?! Whoa there Valley Girl, whoa…..

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  • mattinacan

    these movies are so bad

  • God’s Diamond

    Idk hiw ff7 will turn out, but I have always liked paul walker and enjoyed seeing him on screen, especially in ff4 and 5 and running scared and she’s all that. And reading how he likes to be positive and surrounding himself with similar people makes me like him more, so I hope for much success for him

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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Paul Walker needs to pray that this franchise continues with him along for the ride because his career outside of this has been non existant in the last 6 years. I really thought he was going to be this generations Keanu Reeves (yes this is a compliment as he has been in great films -Speed, The Matrix trilogy, Point Break, Bill & Ted, Constantine – all films that catered to his limited acting abilities) but w blonde hair but he really doesn’t know how to pick good movies to be in lately. But his statements regarding the 7th film have me concerned as it seems that James Wan is trying to learn on the job with a rush production schedule. The last 3 films have actually been great in a franchise that should have died in 2006 and also helped give Justin Lin practice shapening his directing skills.

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  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    Somebody stop these. Please.

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  • Jerry St John Wyatt

    Guaranteed? How can it be guaranteed. Paul walker is dead.

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