Just as 2010’s Saw: The Final Chapter was in fact not the final chapter of the franchise after 2017 saw the release of Jigsaw, it turns out 2009’s The Final Destination was also lying to us. Because Hollywood is desperate for IP with a built-in audience nowadays, New Line Cinema is rebooting their hit horror franchise.
The studio has tapped Saw and The Collector writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to pen the script for a new Final Destination movie. Plot details are still way under wraps, but this is expected to be a re-imagining of the franchise that initially kicked off in 2000.
It spawned four sequels – one directly following The Final Destination, so that title was wrong almost immediately – wrapping up in 2011. That’s only eight years ago, but we know that’s a lifetime in Hollywood.
The premise for every film revolves around a group of people who somehow cheat death, be it by avoiding a plane crash or an unstable rollercoaster. Unfortunately, death comes back to claim their lives one by one.
It’s no surprise a reboot is happening since the premise is great and can be used in different forms over and over. New Line have been reeling in the big bucks over recent years thanks to The Conjuring franchise, so it was really only a matter of time before they felt the need for another money-making franchise and brought back the one that gave them box office success at the start of the millennium.
There’s no other news on the reboot/re-imagining but one would expect production to move relatively quickly. Horror is having a moment right now, so although some may lament that New Line aren’t investing in an original idea or script, hopefully Dunstan and Melton can make this new version of Final Destination something fresh and worthwhile.