You can’t keep a good franchise down. In fact you can’t keep an increasingly bad franchise down if it keeps making money. The addition of 3D assured that The Final Destination made a comfortable profit last year, so while it was initially said to be the final movie in the death-is-out-to-get-you series, money has spoken and they’re now planning another one.
Warner Bros/New Line revealed there’d be another Final Destination movie a few months ago, and now they’re moving forward with THR reporting they’ve hired Eric Heisserer to come up with the screenplay. Although not a particularly well known name, he was behind the script for the upcoming Thing prequel, as well as the greenlight draft of the Nightmare On Elm Street remake. Apparently the studio has realised that the Final Destination franchise is in danger of killing itself with repetition and hope that with his reputation for finding new ways to deal with old material, Heisserer can come up with the solution.
Nothing is known of the plot, other than the slightly random fact that there’ll be a scene involving a character undergoing laser-eye surgery (I’m wincing already).
Although the premonition of a disaster and then death stalking the survivors is a given in this new instalment (perhaps called The Final-er Destination, The Final-est Destination, The We Really Mean It’s The Final Final Destination This Time?), there’s still mileage in the concept, so let’s hope Heisserer can come up with a way to keep it fresh.