FINAL DESTINATION 3?
FANGORIA recently caught up with FINAL DESTINATION 2 director David R. Ellis and producer Craig Perry over the phone and talked about the always-waiting-in-the-wings possibility of a third in the popular New Line horror franchise.
'Well, they've got me already as an option to do FINAL DESTINATION 3 if they decide to do it,' admits Ellis. 'Truthfully, I think a twist would be to come back and do it as a comedy and spoof the FINAL DESTINATION movies. It might be interesting. We've left it wide open for a sequel, and I feel?and New Line feels?that the movie is going to be successful, so I'm sure there will be a third film, whether it's a comedy or a serious bloodbath.'
Perry, on the other hand, wants to assure fans that just because there's a possible FINAL DESTINATION 3 on the horizon doesn't mean they were sleepwalking through making FINAL DESTINATION 2, or turning it into just another second-in-the-franchise film.
'You know what, we don't know what that movie is, but we didn't want to paint ourselves into a corner where we could never get out of it,' says Perry. 'So, we came up with, I think, a very clever, consistent way to give us flexibility while delivering a satisfying ending that doesn't make you go, 'eeehhh, farkakte.' '
However, Perry does not rule out a FINAL DESTINATION 3 if fans line up for FD 2. 'From the studio perspective, of course they'd want to make as many consistently successful movies as they could,' Perry says. 'As a producer, if they're going to continue to pay me to do them, I don't make any money unless the movie gets made. The one thing I will say is that we worked really hard not to demean the very audience that's going to be supportive of us for FINAL DESTINATION 2 by just putting out a complete piece-of-shit sequel. We've all gone to those movies. I'm not going to name them. You all know what they are. We have done everything in our power to try and not only deliver what the audiences who love these movies like, but make it a little bit smarter than that to accommodate the fact that most of these people are very smart and very wary of how they've been treated over the years by Hollywood. This isn't a movie that's coming from the studio per se, it's coming from the fans. I've been a horror movie fan my whole life. We felt we should do our damndest not to rip off the people who are going to be supporting us.'
The actually quite good FINAL DESTINATION 2 opens January 31.
Courtesy of Fangoria