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You can’t cheat death, but you can reboot it. New Line Cinema is rekindling their hit horror franchise Final Destination and they’ve recruited Saw and The Collector duo Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to write the script. Per The Hollywood Reporter, plot details for the new Final Destination film are still under wraps, but the outlet describes the new installment as “a re-imagining of the franchise.”
Final Destination launched in 2000, and the franchise became a driving force for New Line’s horror box office throughout the decade, spawning four sequels, culminating in 2011’s clever wrap-around film Final Destination 5. James Wong directed the first film, which starred Devon Sawa, Ali Larter and Seann William Scott as teenagers who escaped a horrific plane crash only to find that death came back to claim their lives one by one. The sequels followed suit, each opening with a spectacular disaster set-piece and centering and following the character who manages to cheat death and save their friends thanks to a horrifying premonition. But death always comes to collect. For my money, it’s still one of the best ideas for a high concept horror franchise… well, ever. And it definitely offers endless possibilities to the duo behind the script. Jeffrey Redick created the franchise and wrote the first film’s script.
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New Line has been making a killing in horror over recent years (and as “The House that Freddy Built” they’re no stranger to the game) and I’ve been saying for a while that it was only a matter of time before they pulled the trigger on bringing the Final Destination franchise back. The Conjuring franchise and all its spinoffs have been slaying the box office since James Wan launched that franchise in 2013, and last year’s Conjuring-verse film The Nun stunned with $365 million worldwide — making...
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