James Cameron Protege to Direct Final Destination 5

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 11th, 2013 at 4:16 am,

Back in March of this year we reported on the news that Final Destination 5 was on the way, the fifth installment in the tired long-running horror franchise about death/fate catching up with those who manage to evade it. A month later news hit that the film had  snagged the writer of The Thing prequel and the Nightmare on Elm Street remake.

Now comes the news that Final Destination 5 has snagged a director and the news almost redefines the term “out of left field.” Instead of getting one of the previous Final Destination directors back for another go-around, Variety reports that New Line has tapped Steven Quale to direct the fifth movie.

Who is Steven Quale? Well, he’s not a known name but you’ll definitely have heard of the movies he’s been involved with: He was the second-unit director and visual effects supervisor on James Cameron’s Avatar, the second-unit director on Titanic and he worked on the visual effects for Terminator 2: Judgment Day. He could be described as a sort of protege of Cameron’s, since Cameron recruited him out of USC film school to work on The Abyss as a production assistant.

Impressive credentials, I think you’ll agree.

Although Final Destination 5 will not be the first time Quale has been in the director’s chair (he has a short film, a TV movie and a documentary under his belt), this will be his first big theatrical movie. I’m just wondering why he’s chosen the fifth film in an over-the-top teen horror franchise to helm… Perhaps Quale is eager to direct a film himself after decades of being behind-the-scenes and Final Destination 5 just came along at the right time. Coincidentally, James Cameron made his own big directorial debut with Piranha 2, another B-movie horror sequel – so who knows, maybe Quale is on the right path?

poster piranha 3d James Cameron Protege to Direct Final Destination 5

If Cameron could go from Piranha 2 to greatness…

Variety‘s article also reveals some new info about FD5, including that the opening scene [SPOILER Alert!] will take place on a suspension bridge and the rumored laser-eye surgery scene has been confirmed. Intriguing stuff, but I can’t see how this will be all that different from what we’ve seen so far.

Although box office-wise ($500 million and counting!) I don’t know if there would be much point in changing the formula…

Final Destination 5 will start shooting on September 13th and will be released in 3D and regular theaters on August 26th, 2011.

Source: Variety

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  1. No matter who directs final destination 5 part 4 was enough to make me quit the series! The best were the first 2,and I think they’re running out of ideas so I have no anticipation for this movie right now till I see the trailers…….

  2. cameron and his team suck, all they can do is copy other movie ideas and add some flare to them, take T2 for example, some of the scenes where directly ripped out of the original(not to mention some of the lines) and avatar which had the most generic SCI-FI storyline and yet for some reason people didnt care and gave him awards for regurgitating a very unoriginal story (which btw he claimed was original and new, incase some of you forgot).

    i doubt i’ll watch this didnt really like the 3rd one and i didnt even bother with the 4th so im going to skip this… unless they have another free way scene ;)

  3. Well,I’ve seen fan made vids of there being a bridge collapsing and it was cool so they still got a chance to reededem themselves but not a big chance…..

  4. I Liked the original and the third, those were the two involving the original directors / writers.
    I am not really interesed in the others .

  5. Im liking the sound of this. Any body who works with Camereon so closely can make blockbuster movies like he does

  6. NO, Final Destination is scarya, amazing and i love it !

    and the third was the best ever !
    but THE Final Destinathion >> i mean “4″ << that was sucks and bad .
    so, lots all hope its be bifferent this time !?