A group of pretty people getting knocked off one-by-one is always a promising concept, but the thought of letting Ellis get anywhere near another horror film is awfully daunting. He is responsible for Final Destination 2, which I love just as much as the first film, but there is no excuse for The Final Destination, the most recent franchise installment. I even gave the film another shot, thinking my expectations were just too high the first time around, but no; it's pure garbage.
However, the thing managed to pull in a whopping $181.6 million worldwide, so naturally, Ellis' schedule is full. For his next project, Ellis is sticking with the third dimension and working on Shark Night 3D. The film is being described as "Jaws for the 3D generation" and is set to go into production this summer in Shreveport, Louisiana. Next up is a comic book adaptation called War Monkeys followed by a thriller with Hayden Christensen and then finally, Bad Luck with Jovovich.
Bad Luck has two things going for it; it's a ways away and there's no 3D attached to the title. Having Jovovich by his side boosts my confidence in Ellis' ability, but there's just so much she can do to keep Ellis, and the write for that matter, from using horror genre clichés as a crutch. The more distance between Bad Luck and The Final Destination, the better. Perhaps the time will also give Ellis the opportunity to see some other 3D films so he can realize that the technology doesn't have to be used as a gimmick and can actually enhance the effect of the material. It wasn't the gore of The Final Destination that made me sick to my stomach, rather the all-too-obvious overly in-your-face deaths. Let's go Ellis; you're getting multiple second chances. Do something with them!