Final Destination turns 20 this year. And in celebration, screenwriter/creator Jeffrey Reddick talked a bit about the making of the film – and how New Line originally asked Hellraiser and Nightbreed director Clive Barker to helm.
Reddick tells Consequence of Sound: “They went to Clive Barker first, and he passed on it. Bob Shaye even approached me about James [Wong] and Glen [Morgan]. He said, “What do you think of these X-Files guys?” And I said, “Oh, they’re amazing. I love their work.” I was excited to get them involved in the project.”
For those that somehow might not know, the original film centered on Alex Browning (Devon Sawa), who is embarking on a trip to Paris and experiences a premonition — he sees the plane explode moments after leaving the ground. Alex insists that everyone get off the plane and 7 people including Alex, are forced to disembark. All watch as the plane actually explodes in a fireball. He and the other survivors have briefly cheated death, but will not be able to evade their fate for very long. One by one, these fugitives from fate fall victim to the grim reaper.
The next entry will center on EMTs, firefighters, and first-responders/ Producer Craig Perry says: “We’re toying with having it take place in the world of first responders: EMTs, firemen, and police. 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 judgment, expertise, and calm demeanor. So why not put those people in the nightmare situation where every choice can bring about life and death – but now for themselves? We’re thinking that world might be an interesting way into a Final Destination movie, and one which can also generate unique set pieces in a very credible way.”