'Final Destination 6' Directors Got the Job by Faking a Decapitation Over Zoom

Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. SteinCredit: COURTESY OF GROUND CONTROL
Who knew that faking your death could actually get you a job? 

Pitching yourself to be the next director for a horror franchise is not an easy task. Not only do you have to understand the franchise’s goal, but you have to sell that you can create a horrific mood and tone that lives up to every horror fanatic’s expectations in 20 minutes or less.

If you need some inspiration for an upcoming pitch, look no further than Zach Lipovsky’s and Adam B. Stein’s deadly pitch for the new Final Destination movie. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lipovsky and Stein, the filmmaking duo behind Freaks, sealed their fate over a Zoom pitch with New Line executives and producers to become the new directors of the franchise. 

Near the end of the Zoom call, the fireplace behind Lipovsky and Stein became engulfed in flames, and the mantel began burning. The meeting was quickly paused as the filmmakers tried extinguishing the raging flames, but the situation only worsened once the flames were out. 

Damaged by the flames, the overhead ceiling fan came crashing down and decapitated one of the directors. 

'Final Destination'Credit: New Line Cinema

There is no escaping death, much like the franchise states, with its characters’ often dying in even more deadly scenarios. 

The tension over the Zoom call lifted as the executives and producers realized that Lipovsky and Stein had pulled a stunt. The filmmakers reportedly used a combination of pre-recorded footage and visual effects to create the deadly scene.

The stunt secured their places in the franchise as they took on Final Destination 6

After the full circle events of Final Destination 5, which was released in 2011, the franchise was seemingly put to sleep. The news that a sixth movie is coming out has some fans a little bit skeptical of what the plot will be, but it's understood that the movie will follow a similar formula to the other films. 

Whatever the plot is, we are sure to get some exciting deaths and fun fake-outs that will hopefully be as memorable as the bus scene from the first movie. 

Do you have any other interesting pitch stories like this one? Let us know what they were in the comments below!      

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