James Cameron Main Man To Direct 'Final Destination 5'
Steven Quale, the second unit director for "Avatar," has been tapped to helm "Final Destination 5," the latest installment in New Line's horror franchise.
The "Destination" movies, which center on the idea that one can't cheat death, usually begin with a group of people who survive a catastrophe because of the intervention of one person who has a premonition. Death, however, will have its due, and the survivors end up expiring in elaborate Rube Goldberg-like fashion.
Eric Heisserer ("The Thing") wrote the script, and Craig Perry is producing the pic, which has a September 13 start date in Vancouver.
While most movie series by the fifth installment are getting long in the tooth, "Destination" seems to have found new vigor following the unexpected success of the fourth installment, which overcame bad reviews and grossed more than $182 million worldwide on a budget of about $40 million.
New Line, following the 3D lead of parent Warner Bros., went out to helmers who are proficient in that world as well as seeking someone with technical prowess, with Quale reportedly vying for the job along with Bradley Parker, the second unit/visual effects director on "Let the Right One In" remake "Let Me In," and Charles Gibson, the second unit/visual effects director on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.
Quale is a James Cameron protege, having started as a PA on the director's 1989 sci-fi movie "The Abyss." He was the second unit director for Cameron's "Titanic" and co-directed the filmmaker's undersea doc "Aliens of the Deep." Insiders say that Cameron even lobbed a call to New Line toppers to give them his recommendation.
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