A favorite TV show of any horror fanatic has to be the sci-fi mystery series The X-Files. Despite not quite being of the horror genre, the show took many twists and turns, dealing with the "strange and unexplained." But did you know that The X-Files was in fact the starting point for one of the most beloved horror franchises of all time?
Thanks to an interview over on Bloody Disgusting, it's been revealed that Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick originally pitched the idea for the film as an episode of The X-Files!
Reddick wrote the script for "Flight 180" way back in 1994, in the hopes it would be purchased and end up being used on his favorite show The X-Files. Ultimately the script was never put forth for the series, after New Line executive Mark Kaufman showed interest in the script being expanded into a feature. However, if you're interested, the original script for Reddick's "Flight 180" is available to read over on Bloody Disgusting.
The original script included details about Dana Scully's brother having the premonition that the plane would crash, in a bid to make "the story more personal." Reddick also revealed that the writing for the episode focused mainly on Mulder and Scully, as well as Scully's relationship with her brother, adding:
"When I decided to write ['Final Destination'] as a feature, I made the story all about the concept. And tweaked it.”
With the revelation of this latest piece of Final Destination trivia, what other interesting facts and details might we have missed from the film? Take a look at these five tidbits and let me know if you were surprised by Final Destination's origins in the comments below!
1. All The Characters Are Named For Classic Figures In Horror
This was actually broken down in depth over here by our resident horror expert Jancy, but basically all the names of the characters in Final Destination have a connection to classic horror:
- Alex Browning was named after Tod Browning, the director of Freaks
- Agent Weine was named after Robert Wiene, the director of The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari
- Agent Schreck was named after Max Schreck, the actor who played Count Orlok in Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens
- Tod and George Waggner's last name comes from George Waggner, the director of The Wolf Man (and Tod's first name comes from the director of Freaks)
- Billy Hitchcock was named after famed director Alfred Hitchcock
- Terry Chaney was named after Lon Chaney, the actor who starred in London After Midnight (and The Phantom Of The Opera)
- Larry Murnau was named after F.W. Murnau, the director of Nosferatu
- Christa Marsh was named after Carol Marsh, who appeared in 1958's Horror Of Dracula
- Blake Dreyer was named after Carl Theodor Dreyer, the director of Vampyr
- Valerie Lewton was named after Val Lewton, the producer of films such as I Walked With A Zombie and Cat People
The character Clear Rivers was named after the director's assistant Clear Hadden, though as some have pointed out, it could also be a tip of the cap to Camp Crystal Lake from Friday The 13th.
2. It Was A Numbers Game At The Airport
At the airport check-in desk, Alex is told that the plane is due to leave at 9:25, which is the same as his birthday — September 25. When he boards the plane he sits in seat I (the ninth letter of the alphabet), row 25.
3. The Original Picks For The Leads Went On To Star Together In A Future Franchise!
The initial casting choices for Alex Browning and Clear Rivers were Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, but in the end those roles went to Devon Sawa and Ali Larter, respectively. Maguire and Dunst went on to star together in the Spider-Man franchise.
4. John Denver's 'Rocky Mountain High' Is Used Throughout The Film
John Denver famously died in a plane crash in 1997.
5. Much Of The News Footage Used In The Film Was Real
A lot of the news footage shown in the film is actual footage from the TWA Flight 800 explosion and crash from July, 1996. This led to rumors that the real-life crash had inspired the movie, which wasn't true, considering The X-Files script was written in 1994. However, Flight 800 was also carrying a high school French club, so perhaps these similar aspects were later added when Reddick was expanding his script.