Final Destination script
Synopsis: Final Destination is an American horror franchise composed of five films, comic books and novels. It is based on an unproduced spec script by Jeffrey Reddick, originally written for the X-Files television series, and was distributed by New Line Cinema. All five films center around a small group of people that escape impending death when one individual (the protagonist of each film) has a sudden premonition and warns them that they will all die in a terrible mass-casualty accident. After evading their foretold deaths, the survivors are killed one by one in bizarre accidents caused by an unseen force engineering complicated chains of cause and effect, resembling Rube Goldberg machines in their complexity.

Awaiting......each of us; a cold...dark...lonely place.

Deny its finality. Dride it's totality. Dread the enescapable

invitability......it will arrive.

The BLACK SILENT SCREEN senses this moment before a distant blues harp

introduces a contemporary band's cover of Blood, Sweat, and Tears' campy,

yet haunting, gospel, "And When I Die."

As the Introduction closes, RESONATES... A FLASH OF LIGHTING!

A CRACK OF THUNDER!

CUT TO:

Int. ALEX'S BEDROOM - NIGHT - CLOSE - BED

An airline ticket is tossed INTO FRAME beside a suitcase; "ERO-AIR. FLIGHT

#180. New York City (JFK) - Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG.) Departure:

Thursday 13May. 16H25 - Arrival: Friday 14May. 05H40."

"And When I Die" Continues throughout the MAIN TITLES:

AN OLD TABLE FAN

swivals beside and open window. Outside, a humid spring THUNDER STORM drops

warm, ominous rain. The figure of a seventeen year old boy, ALEX BROWNING,

packing for a trip, passing the fan...

THE BED:

A Paris guidebook is tossed atop the plane ticket. CAMERA PUSHES IN ON THE

BOOK as the fans breezes flip throught the pages.

THE TABLE FAN:

turns, head swiveling away from the bed.

TIGHTER - THE GUIDEBOOK PAGES

stop flipping, REVEALING A GULLOTINE from the Reign of Terror.

As an American passport is dropped beside the guidebook...

THE TABLE FAN:

swivals, returning towards the guidebook on the bed.

THE GUIDEBOOK PAGES

FLIP. FLIP. FLIP. Alex's faint shadow continues moving about the room. The

fan head swivals away, allowing the pages to settle... upon a Louvre

masterpiece, Francisco de Zurbarans Lying-in-the State of St. Bonaventura.

CAMERA CREEPS IN, teasingly on the dark faced corpse. The pages begin to

turn once again.

TIGHTER, OMINOUS ANGLE - THE DESK FAN

There is more of a hint of conincidence as the blades whirl and head

swivels. The boys figure passes, blocking the breeze.

THE GUIDEBOOK PAGES

stop dead on... Jim Morrison's decorated tomb in the Cemetiere du Pere

Lachaise. A pilgrim has spray painted "This is the End." Which in fact, it

is... of the MAIN TITLE

BARBARA:

Alex...

CAMERA ADJUSTS, to fully reveal Alex Browning as he turns toward the bedroom

door. Alex is an average kid; handsome. A high school "everyman."

One the wall amongst Yankee and Knicks posters, hangs a pennant;

"Mt. Abraham High School, New York. The Fighting Colonials!"

Alex's mother, BARBARA, 45, walks in, excited and a bit anxious.

BARABRA (Cont'd)

Tod and Georges dad just called,

he's picking you up at 10 in the morning.

Bus leaves the high school for JFK at

noon.

Barbara moves towards the suitcase to help him pack. Alex's father, KEN

BROWNING, 48 appears, leaning against the door threshold, smiling envoiusly

at his son.

KEN:

My suitcase workn'out for ya

Alex nods and buckles it. Barbara reaches in to tear off an airline baggage

I.D. ticket attached from the previous flight.

ALEX:

Whoa! Whoa! Mom, you gotta leave

that on. It's like... the tag

made the last flight without

crashin' or anything, right?

So, it should stay on, or with,

the bag for good luck.

BARBARA:

Where would you get a nutball

idea like that?

EXTREAMLY CLOSE - THE AIRLINE BAGGAGE MARKER

is torn away from the suitcase handle.

RETURN:

As Barbara picks up the suitcase to place it on the floor... a dozon old

baggage I.D. tickets spill from the outer compartment. She looks at Ken, as

if "you?" The guilty party shrugs.

KEN:

I'm still here.

Barbara shakes her head as Alex smiles at his dad.

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Glen Morgan

Morgan was born in Syracuse, New York, and moved to El Cajon, California at the age of 14. While attending El Cajon Valley High School, he met James Wong, who would become his friend and professional partner. Both enrolled at Loyola Marymount University, graduating from the School of Film and Television in 1983, and afterward, wrote many scripts together. Morgan did not want to work on television at first, but wound up accepting a job on 21 Jump Street, which would later earn he and Wong a steady job at Stephen J. Cannell Productions. As Morgan was about to leave the company following scripts for The Commish in 1992, his former boss at Cannell, Peter Roth, invited him to work on a show being developed at 20th Television, The X-Files. more…

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