Alternate Fast and Furious movie endings you haven't seen

With seven films and more than a billion dollars in worldwide grosses—and counting—the Fast & Furious series is obviously doing pretty well for itself. Still, it's tempting to think about the different directions the franchise could have gone. Activate the nitro and put the pedal to the metal, because here are some examples of behind-the-scenes changes to The Fast and the Furious saga.

The Fast & the Furious

The original film in the series had an unused ending that later saw release as part of the bonus features included in the 2006 "franchise collection" boxset. This alternate ending, titled "More Than Furious," found Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) resigning from the LAPD and returning to Echo Park to seek out Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster), who he discovered in the midst of packing up to move away. After Brian tells her he wants another chance, Mia retorts that it won't be easy, after which he shrugs, "I've got time." They presumably raced out into the sunset.

2 Fast 2 Furious

Instead of an alternate ending, the franchise's first sequel had a completely different script—one that would have made room for Vin Diesel's character, Dominic Toretto. Unhappy with the script, Diesel skipped out on the project, and the studio opted to go with the version Fast fans are now familiar with, which moved the action to Miami and introduced the character of Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson). We didn't get Diesel in the sequel, but at least we got that "Pump It Up" song.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Universal originally intended to start over with the franchise's third installment, which didn't feature any of the main cast members from the previous two films. But after test screening audiences gave The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift poor scores, studio execs wooed Diesel back for a cameo—which Diesel would only agree to if they gave him the rights to his Pitch Black character, Riddick. So while it isn't technically an alternate ending, Tokyo Drift's closing scene—in which Dominic challenges Lucas Black's character, Sean Boswell, to a race—wasn't originally intended to be part of the film.

Fast & Furious 6

According to director Justin Lin, the sixth Fast & Furious installment was originally supposed to be filmed as two back-to-back movies that would have been shot simultaneously. They were conceived as two halves of a whole, with the first film, The Fast, concluding with the big tank action set piece that ultimately ended up in Furious 6. The second installment, which would have been called The Furious, would have concluded with the explosive runway sequence that finds the characters tethering their cars to a plane in order to keep it from taking off. The Fast and The Furious were consolidated into one movie and took off anyway.

Furious 7

Furious 7 saw its biggest change before director James Wan could even film it, and for the worst possible reason: franchise star Paul Walker died in a car accident during filming. This tragedy necessitated a production delay and some creative filming techniques to finish shooting the project. Wan also changed the film's final act, which was initially supposed to set up the next sequel in the series.

Faced with a real-life death of someone beloved to the fans and production team, neither the director nor his stars were particularly concerned with whether the franchise would continue. Instead of an intended Fast 8 teaser at the end of Furious 7, they put together a bittersweet coda that paid tribute to Walker while serving as a potential series finale.