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.
You’ll remember last month we reported that the FINAL DESTINATION franchise was to receive a forth sequel and now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line have hired someone to write the thing. The studio have chosen Eric Heisserer, who previously worked on new versions of THE THING and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.
Both THE THING and NIGHTMARE were troubled projects which Heisserer helped whip into shape so New Line are probably hoping he can do the same for their franchise as the last instalment, THE FINAL DESTINATION, was hit with production problems and a suffered a critical beating upon its release. Since the high concept core of the franchise (group of attractive youths escape death at a disaster, Grim Reaper then kills them off one by one in a creative fashion) is its main selling point it’s unlikely Heisserer will shake things up too much.
That said, a little change and innovation is exactly what this series is in need of so hopefully he’ll do something to make this a more memorable sequel. There’s no specific plot details or release date yet but we here at Cinefantastique Online will keep you updated on FINAL DESTINATION 5 as it progresses.