You’d hope that after working with James Cameron for over 20 years, the Avatar director might be able to help you get a really cool directing job as your first assignment, but instead Steve Quale has had to line himself up Final Destination 5 as his directing debut. Maybe Cameron feels that as he had to start out on Piranha 2, it’s the best way to get going (and it’s said he did phone New Line to recomment Quale for the Final Destination job).
THR reports that Quale will be in the directing chair for FD5, which will once agin see a group of teens trying to escape the cold hand of death, after one of them has a premonition of an accident, which prevents them from dying – initially at least – but ensures death is pissed off and wants them deceased. Eric Heisserer wrote the script and New Line hopes to start filming on September 12th.
Quale was the second unit director on Titanic and Avatar, and also worked on True Lies, Terminator 2 and The Abyss, as well as co-directing Aliens Of The Deep with Cameron.
Final Destination 5, which of course will be in 3D, is due to hit cinemas summer 2011. Let’s hope a bit of the James Cameron magic can rub off and reignite a franchise that may still make money, but is starting to feel pretty desperate.