New 'Final Destination' movie will focus on first responders and feature death by revolving door

Tom Beasley
Contributor
'Final Destination 2'. (Credit: New Line Cinema)

The producer behind the Final Destination horror franchise has teased that the upcoming new movie in the series will be set “in the world of first responders”.

Meanwhile, creator Jeffrey Reddick promised the return of the series won’t “feel like a cash-grab”.

Craig Perry, who has produced all five films in the franchise, told Digital Spy that viewers will never look at a revolving door the same way again if the current plans for the sixth movie come to fruition.

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Each installment in the series has followed a group of characters who survive a deadly disaster when one of them has a premonition of the event, only for the survivors to be picked off by the unseen force of Death itself.

The franchise has been dormant since Final Destination 5 hit cinemas in 2011, but a potential reboot was mooted last year and Perry says it’s still in the works.

He said: “We're toying with having it take place in the world of first responders: EMTs, firemen and police.

Producer Craig Perry and actor Tony Todd pose at a screening of New Line Cinema's "Final Destination 5" on August 10, 2011. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“These people deal with death on the front lines every day, and make choices that can cause people to live or die.

“We rely on their good judgement, expertise and calm demeanour. So why not put those people in the nightmare situation where every choice can bring about life and death – but now for themselves?”

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The 51-year-old producer added that this scenario creates room for “unique set pieces” and teased that one of those set pieces could feature a revolving door.

Jeffrey Reddick, who wrote the script for the original movie as a potential episode of The X Files, said it would be wrong to define the new film as a reboot.

“I think reboot is probably too strong of a word,” he said. “It makes it sound like they're going to change everything, but it's definitely a Final Destination movie.”

'Final Destination'. (Credit: New Line Cinema)

Reddick also suggested that Perry is a “master” when it comes to crafting the memorable set pieces that have come to characterise the franchise throughout its 20-year history.

He added: “[Craig has] told me a couple of things that happen in this one and it's going to be a lot of fun. It's not going feel like a cash-grab Final Destination film.”

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The Final Destination franchise celebrated its 20th birthday this week and the original film’s star, Devon Sawa, paid tribute with a tweet acknowledging the current coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “Remember that scene in the movie where I quarantined myself in that cabin so death couldn’t get me? I’m doing that right f***ing now, in real life.”

The Final Destination movies have grossed more than $650m (£540m) to date at the worldwide box office, despite mixed critical reviews.