The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that the fan-favorite New Line Cinema horror franchise Final Destination is getting the reboot treatment from Saw franchise writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.
Melton and Dunstan joined the long-running Saw franchise beginning with the fourth installment and continuing to the initial seventh and final entry and are also known for having scripted the 2012 monster horror film Piranha 3DD, the less-than-enthusiastically received sequel to the surprise critical and commercial 2010 remake of Piranha.
The five films of grossed almost $700 million worldwide between 2000 and 2011 making it the tenth highest grossing horror franchise in the United States at approximately $347.8 million. 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.
Final Destination is one of my favourite horror franchises. The new film is billed as a "re-imagining" of the franchise. Those include the adaptation of Stephen King's "It", which hit $700 million in worldwide box office, and in the "Conjuring" universe, which has seen five films deliver $1.6 billion cumulatively in worldwide box office since 2013. It's a franchise where nobody feels bad about cheering for a good kill, and the kills are generally really, really good.
The next film featuring Melton and Dunstan's script will be CBS Films' Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.