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Final Destination: Ormond Country Club sets the stage for the fourth installment of a popular Hollywood thriller

By Heather R. Breaux

April 02, 2008 at 12:47 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

ON SET. Luling’s Natalie Nicole on the set before filming a scene for Final Destination 4.
Photo provided by Natalie Nicole
ON SET. Luling’s Natalie Nicole on the set before filming a scene for Final Destination 4.
In 2000, the first Final Destination movie was released in theaters. But little did anyone know just how popular a film about teenagers who ultimately cheat death by avoiding a plane crash would become.

The response was grand and the reviews were great. The film grossed over $53 million dollars during that first year with a sequel following in 2003 along with a third installment in 2006.

And the horror film series, which was created by James Wong and Glen Morgan, will soon have Final Destination 4 to add to the collection.

But what’s more fascinating than another death-defying film is the fact that several scenes from the movie were filmed right here in St. Charles Parish.

That’s right. The elite Ormond Country Club in Destrehan allowed big-time Hollywood producers, directors and actors set up shop inside the club’s grounds for a series of “pool scenes.”

And Luling’s Natalie Nicole who was there says that Final Destination 4 could be the best one yet.

“I’ve enjoyed all of the Final Destination films,” said Natalie. “But this one could be much, much more exciting because it is being filmed 3D.”

According to the news magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, Final Destination 4 will be a stand-alone sequel directed by David R. Ellis (Final Destination 2, Snakes on a Plane) and will have no connection with the other films, staring off with a new cast of teenagers.

Published reports also note that the film will remain in pre-production in the New Orleans area throughout the beginning of June and won’t be released until early 2009.

As far as the plot goes, not much information has been released, but here’s what I can tell you:

The opening scene portrays one of the series’ signature disasters when the audience at at race-car show gets a rude awakening after a car crashes and debris from the accident flies into the crowds killing many.

And as the story goes, those who survive are being picked off one by one in gruesome freak accidents.

After a teen’s premonition of the deadly race-car crash helps saves the lives of his peers, “Death” sets out to collect those who evaded their end.

But like the films that lead the way, this fourth installment will continue the series’ tradition of centering on themes of predestination and precognition in relation to death, and how to beat the odds to survive when those around you continue to fall.

Final Destination 4 is also the first of the series to be filmed outside of Vancouver, BC, Canada.

For more information on the Final Destination series visit www.newline.com where you can view past, present and future features in the works for New Line Cinema.

DESTREHAN.  Ormond Country Club staged
several scenes from the much-anticipated thriller.
       



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