The Final Destination franchise might be one of the best and most enjoyable horror franchises out there. The five films have maintained a simple but consistent level of quality thanks to their entertaining premise surrounding Rube Goldberg-like deaths. Another entry had been in the works for a while and was actually about to get underway, but it was derailed by a fairly expected piece of news at this point.
Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick recently spoke to Bloody Disgusting about the upcoming sixth installment in the 20-year-old franchise and revealed that development on the project was going smoothly, but everything had to be halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “They were working on a new Final Destination but that got pushed back because of COVID,” said Reddick.
Bad news for fans of the Final Destination franchise, but Reddick sounds optimistic that the series will get back on track. He even let out some information about how this new movie will fit into the rest of the series. Reddick says that the new movie will take place in “a different world” but will not be a full-on reboot. “If the formula’s not broken, don’t fix it,” said Reddick. It sounds like the next installment will functionally work on its own but won’t contradict anything from the previous films.
What is really interesting is what Reddick has to say about the premise for this sixth Final Destination film. In an interview with Digital Spy, Reddick said that the next film would take place in “the world of first responders: EMTs, firemen, and police.” The idea is that these are professions that have to face death every day, and how would they react to having Death itself coming after them? It would also lend some pretty unique ideas for the big death sequences. Seeing how the tools of those trades could suddenly be turned into weapons of a murder could be a fun jolt to the series.
It will be interesting to see how much money this newest Final Destination film will have behind it. The last film had a reported budget of $40 million which is fairly high for a studio horror movie. Because of the elaborate death traps and big accidents that are the centerpieces of these films, they aren’t exactly cheap to produce like most horror films end up being. The franchise has remained solidly profitable over its five installments, so will the studio be willing to pony up the necessary dough for this next go-around?
We certainly hope so. The Final Destination series has not been a big letdown yet. That is impressive for a horror franchise that has lasted as long as it has. The last film released back in 2011. So it has been quite a while since we got to see a bunch of folks get hacked to pieces in creative “accidents.” Hopefully, the production will be able to get back on track once the COVID-19 pandemic can be better contained and dealt with. Then, we can get back to watching one of the most enjoyable horror franchises out there on the market.