For awhile there, it looked like the Final Destination franchise had reached its last stop.
The fifth installment in the successful horror series–which hit theaters back in 2011–was the first Final Destination film met with mostly positive reviews, and it became the second-highest grossing movie in the series.
So, understandably, plans were made for another film and a writing team was hired to tackle the script but, since then, there has been little movement. But now, according to a report on JoBlo.com, Lori Evans Taylor (the upcoming Bed Rest) is on board to write the screenplay for Final Destination 6. Taylor reportedly replaces Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who had been working on the next script for New Line Cinema.
Part of the reason for the delay–as explained by original Final Destination co-screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick–was the pandemic, but fans has been assured another entry was, indeed, in the works. Now, it seems some real progress is on the way.
Producer Craig Perry dropped a couple of hints about the direction this new film will take. “We’re toying with having it take place in the world of first responders–EMTs, firefighters and police,” he said. “These people deal with death on the front lines every day. So why not put those people in the nightmare situation where every choice can bring about life or death–but now for themselves?”
The original 2000 Final Destination–directed by James Wong from a screenplay he wrote with Reddick and Glen Morgan–stars Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith and Tony Todd. The story follows a teenager who cheats death after having a premonition of a catastrophic plane explosion. He and his friends are saved, but Death later takes the lives of those who were meant to die on the plane.
Despite mixed reviews, the film received the Saturn Award for Best Horror Film and raked in $113 million on a $23-million budget.
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