You can’t cheat death, but this directing duo will definitely give it a try.
Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein, the film crew known for their 2018 sci-fi thriller Monsterslanded the coveted gig of conducting Final destination 6the relaunch of New Line’s Grand Guignol horror franchise.
Craig Perry, the franchise’s original producer, produces with Sheila Hanahan Taylor. Jon Watts, the director behind the Tom Holland Spider Man films, also producing alongside Dianne McGunigle (FX’s Atlanta).
Watts also wrote the treatment for the revival. Guy Busick and Lori Evans Taylor, whose credits include Ready or Not and the revival Scream franchise, write the screenplay. The previous Final Destination The movie was released over 10 years ago, in 2011.
Plot details are kept under lock and key, but the core concept remains: a character has a premonition of a gruesome and deadly event, cheats their own death, and saves several other lives in the process, only to have death. Like a personified yet unstoppable force, come and pick up the survivors one by one.
The search for a new director took up a good part of the year, with more than two hundred applications submitted by agencies and management companies. “It was rare for something this big to be available and ready for a reboot,” an insider said.
Lipovsky and Stein reached the top thanks to their ideas and their passion for the Final destination Mark. According to sources, the duo were already in line to get the gig when a final Zoom pitch meeting became what some in Hollywood called the Zoom Call to End All Zoom Calls.
The duo made their presentation to New Line executives and producers together, with a lit fireplace behind them. As they ended the meeting, the fire started and the coat began to burn. The filmmakers stopped and, after a tense moment, quickly extinguished the flames. As they sat down, everyone relieved that the accident was over, a heartbreaking creak was heard and suddenly the whistling ceiling fan stopped and flew away, decapitating one of the filmmakers.
The executives and producers went from worry to total laughter. The track, using a combination of pre-recorded footage and visual effects, flowed seamlessly and showed their unabashed enthusiasm. It was, for everyone involved, the icing on the cake.
The first one Final destination was directed by James Wong and starred Devon Sawa and Ali Larter. It grossed $112 million worldwide on a budget of $23 million. Four more installments followed through 2011, earning nearly $700 million worldwide to date, with directors such as David R. Ellis and Steven Quale at the helm. It is New Line’s third-biggest horror franchise, behind the more than $2 billion generated by Conspiracy universe of movies and more than a billion dollars by both This movies.
Known to their crews as “Zadam,” Lipovsky and Stein caused a stir with their feature debut Monsters, which was one of the biggest sellers at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and topped Netflix’s Top 10. The film starred Emile Hirsch and Bruce Dern. They’re also Emmy-nominated television directors, whose most recent work includes fragglerock for Apple. The duo have a slate of projects around town, including a rock climbing thriller Neutral with Spyglass.
Lipovsky and Stein are replaced by Verve and Ground Control Entertainment.