The Etihad Towers jump sequence featured in Furious 7 is one of the most thrilling stunts in Fast & Furious franchise history. Here’s how it was done.
The Etihad Towers jump sequence featured in Furious 7 is one of the most thrilling stunts in Fast & Furious franchise history. With each installment, the long-running film series seems to increase the stakes with more and more mind-bending action sequences. The Vin Diesel-led franchise is nearing the end with three more installments on the horizon, beginning with F9 in 2021. As viewers await the release, it’s important to look back and remember the insane stunts that Fast & Furious already pulled out. Here’s how the cast and crew behind Furious 7 really pulled off the Abu Dhabi skyscraper stunt.
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After gaining amnesty from the takedown of Owen Shaw’s crew in Fast & Furious 6, Dominic Toretto (Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), and their group tried to enjoy normal lives in Los Angeles. That was until the Toretto house was blown up and Owen’s brother, Deckard (Jason Statham) seemingly killed Han Lue (Sung Kang). With that, Dom’s team set their sights on Deckard while they were enlisted to help take down a terrorist organization led by Mose Jakande (Djimon Hounsou).
As part of the mission involving the terrorists, Dom’s crew was ordered to rescue a hacker that had an understanding of a special tracking program known as God’s Eye. In order to get their hands on the program, they were led to Abu Dhabi, which involved sneaking into a party of a Jordanian prince at the Etihad Towers. The prince had the flash-drive containing God’s Eye, but he was keeping it inside of a safe hidden in a Lykan HyperSport. Dom and Brian ended up stealing the car near the 50th floor of the tallest tower before crashing it through the window into the building nearby. The pair carry out the stunt again, flying into a third tower before abandoning the expensive car as it fell to the ground below. While the adrenaline-inducing stunt wasn’t completely filmed in the United Arab Emirates, the cast and crew did do some filming in Abu Dhabi.
The Furious 7 Etihad Towers Stunt Was Filmed In A Sound Stage
Furious 7 stunt coordinator Andy Gill has since explained that there was never a discussion to actually drive a car from building to building. While the cast and crew spent nearly a week in Abu Dhabi, it was mainly for on-location shoots, including aerial footage and small stunts. To carry out the Etihad Towers stunt, the production team built multiple 40-foot tall glass and steel enclosures in an Atlanta sound stage. A stunt driver then got behind the wheel of a Lykan HyperSport and drove through each glass wall, which was shown in the movie.
While the rest was done with a mix of CGI and other special effects, the stunt team made it a point to share Diesel and Walker’s ability to do their own stunts. For legal reasons, of course, the actors weren’t allowed to be involved in those kinds of stunts. As for the car, Furious 7 used a less expensive model since they completely destroyed it on-screen. Only seven Lykan HyperSports were ever produced, and they were valued at 3.4 million each, so there was no way the studio was getting their hands on a real one. The Etihad Towers scene was one of the last major stunts to feature Brian after Walker’s untimely death before filming wrapped.
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Key Release Dates
- F9/Fast & Furious 9 (2021)Release date: May 28, 2021
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