You can kill a bunch of teenagers, but that doesn't mean they stay dead, even if you call the movie The Final Destination: News broke this week that a fifth installment in the horror franchise is in the works, and writer Eric Heisserer says the new movie will explain why it just keeps going on.
"We have an answer for that, but I can't get into it," Heisserer said at a press conference this week in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he was promoting A Nightmare on Elm Street, which he co-wrote.
The Final Destination franchise is based on the premise that you can't cheat death: In each of the four films, a character has a vision of a disaster (on a plane, on the highway, on a roller coaster and on a racetrack) and manages to save his friends. But death comes after each survivor later, using whatever combination of everyday items is available.
Heisserer's script seeks to answer some of the deeper questions of the Final Destination mythology. "Well, this time we are looking for what made the first Final Destination movie so unique and so interesting," Heisserer said. "We're going back to the mystery and the supernatural elements that that movie contained. We're looking at what makes a good suspense and horror movie, not just what makes a good Final Destination movie."
But still cool deaths, right? "But still cool deaths, yes," Heisserer said. "We're doing so much. We're having a lot of fun with this one."
One of Heisserer's proposed death scenes involves laser eye surgery, and there's more where that came from. "The others are just as clever and unique and fun for the audience, but that was the one they decided to announce."