Final Destination is a famous horror franchise in Hollywood. The series of films first burst into the scene in 2000, anchored with the premise that death has a design. The first movie’s success catapulted the Final Destination franchise into stardom, ultimately launching four more movies.
Final Destination operates with the idea that it's a slasher film with no live-action killer. The story usually starts with a group of strangers, with an individual having a premonition of how all of them are going to die. That individual eventually stops a portion of people from dying in the accident, but Death usually catches up to them with a series of tragic kills.
The most recent Final Destination film was 2011's Final Destination 5. This entry was unique since the ending revealed that it is a prequel to 2000's Final Destination, tying everything together in one sequence.
In January 2019, it was reported that a reboot for the Final Destination franchise was in development, with Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan serving as writers. However, the ongoing pandemic derailed the plans, with Lori Evans Taylor reportedly replacing the pair of Saw writers.
Now, an interesting tidbit about Final Destination 6 emerged online.
Jon Watts Tapped to Write Final Destination 6
The Hollywood Reporter shared that Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts has joined the creative team of New Line's Final Destination franchise.
The project is titled Final Destination 6, with Watts serving as a producer. The outlet also shared that the Marvel director wrote the story for the upcoming straight-to-streaming movie.
Watts will join the film's screenwriters Lori Evans Taylor (Bed Rest) and Guy Busick (Ready or Not).
Final Destination 6 has no release date yet, but it has been reported to debut on HBO Max.
In a separate report, Variety pointed out that Watts is only set to produce Final Destination 6, and his next directing gig will "still likely" be Marvel Studios' Fantastic Four which remains undated.
Update: In a tweet, New Line Cinema confirmed that Final Destination 6 will premiere on HBO Max:
"Final Destination 6 is on its way to HBO Max. No accidents. No coincidences. No escapes."
Final Destination 6 is Finally Happening
After several speedbumps, the next chapter of Final Destination is now poised to happen.
Spider-Man: No Way Home's box office and critical success appear to serve as an advantage for Jon Watts, and it's safe to assume that his involvement with the Final Destination franchise will likely be the first of many more projects to come for the famous director.
Plot details are still shrouded in secrecy for the next Final Destination movie, but previous reports could've already given a hint of what it will be about.
Back in March 2020, series producer Craig Perry revealed that the movie is set in the same canon as the first five films, placing the focus on first responders. Perry shared that the first responders "deal with death on the front lines every day," teasing that the film could "put those people in the nightmare situation where every choice can bring about life and death:"
"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."
It remains to be seen if this premise will still be the same, but Watts' involvement could change some story details.
At this point, it's worth noting that everyone involved with Death's design in the first five movies is now dead, meaning that Final Destination 6 would include fresh faces. It's possible that events in previous movies would be referenced such as the infamous Flight 180 and the tragic roadside accident in Final Destination 2.
All in all, it's a good sign that a beloved franchise like Final Destination will move forward, and it will be interesting to find out if the mystery surrounding Death will be finally unmasked.