Final Destination 5: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast 2:31.1

Sick Transit Glori-AHHHH!: Death opens a can of whoopass in FINAL DESTINATION 5.
Sick Transit Glori-AHHHH!: Death opens a can of whoopass in FINAL DESTINATION 5.

Okay, so they called the previous installment THE FINAL DESTINATION, as if that was going to be the last chapter of the franchise. So what? Like you never said, “This one’s the last French fry,” and then went on shoveling the spuds down your gullet like there was no tomorrow. Given the success of that 2009 entry, no one really should be surprised that we’re now looking at FINAL DESTINATION 5 — which may or may not be the actual, final encore/curtain call for the series — or that at this point the producers have honed to a fine… art, let’s say… the formula of twenty-somethings escaping an horrendous fate only to be subsequently stalked and dispatched by death in various, Rube Goldbergian ways. One plus: Even at this late date, a franchise that’s essentially a more morbid envisioning of Road Runner cartoons (and is once again rendered in appropriately poke-your-eye-out 3D) is still pretty amusing. Come join our special guest, Cashiers du Cinemart‘s Mike White, as he joins Cinefantastique Online’s Dan Persons in examining the delights and the demerits of one of the most formulaic, yet oddly entertaining, of film franchises.
Also in this episode: A discussion of director Rupert Wyatt’s plans for the sequel to his hit film, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, plus what’s coming in theatrical releases and home video.

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Final Destination 5 gets director

The success of THE FINAL DESTIATION has spawned a sequel, also to be in 3D
The success of THE FINAL DESTIATION has spawned a sequel, also to be in 3D

Last year’s THE FINAL DESTINATION was not so final after all. New Line Cinema has hired Steven Quale, who directed second unit for James Cameron’s AVATAR (2009), to direct FINAL DESTINATION 5, from a script by Eric Heisserer. Craig Perry will produce the iflm, which is scheduled to start shooting on September 13 in Vancouver.
THE FINAL DESTINATION confounded expectations by reversing the franchise’s failing fortunes, racking up over $180-million worldwide, at least in part due to the innovation of depicting the de rigueur deaths in glorious 3D. The hiring of Quale was at least in part due to his experience with the technique, thanks to his work on the Cameron film.