New Line Cinema are developing a Final Destination reboot

Actor Tony Todd arrives at a screening of New Line Cinema's 'Final Destination 5' at the Chinese Theater on August 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

If there’s one thing we have learned, it’s that you can’t cheat the reboot.

The Hollywood reboot is commonplace, particularly in the realm of the horror genre. We have seen many iconic antagonists surface once again in new form over the years; classics from The Hills Have Eyes to Friday the 13th have been reworked for new audiences to consume, but the latest announcement is admittedly a little surprising. We are already expecting a revitalisation of the Child’s Play franchise, and yet again an outing for the Camp Crystal Lake killer Jason Voorhees, but a Final Destination reboot sounds a little odd.

The first instalment of the popular franchise was released in 2000, and takes the goofy concept of escaping premonitions of your own death and runs with it. It divided critics but was successful enough with audiences to warrant a sequel, and another - perhaps too many. There were four sequels in total, with Final Destination 5 released back in 2011, and it’s safe to say that the series ran out of steam. Despite this, it was the second highest-grossing film of the entire franchise. It was reported that if the fifth instalment was a financial success then the studios would get to work on ensuring two more would be filmed back to back; yet, nothing.

Perhaps the absence was a result of a lack of ideas, something that writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan do not suffer. The duo have written four films of the immensely popular Saw franchise, which has also undergone a recent reawakening, so it seems that they are perfect for the job. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed their involvement, and fans are already considering it a triumphant announcement.  Imaginative, gruesome kills are the crucial selling point for both of the sadistic franchises, so it’s obvious to see why the project has been greenlit. 

Plot details are currently unknown, but it’s wise to predict that the pair’s script will craft a tapestry of elaborate and ridiculous killings. Saying this, it’s unlikely that this will be a straightforward remake, more of a reinvigoration of the concept. We can expect to hear further details in the near future, and in other horror news, check out this exciting news for David Fincher’s World War Z sequel.

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