'Final Destination' Director Steve Quale to Helm 'Cat 6' Tornado Movie
I was wondering when we'd see this! With all the rather deadly tornadoes this year, I expected Hollywood to take an interest again and they have. We've reported on a project previously titled Category 6 (or Cat 6 or Category Six), a storm survival thriller being developed by New Line Cinema, who bought a script by John Swetnam. The update today comes from Vulture and says that Final Destination 5 director Steven Quale (who we interviewed here), who was mentored by James Cameron in 3D early on, is now lined up to direct Cat 6. However, they're calling this a tornado project, not a "found footage hurricane" film like we first said.
If this news is indeed true, I think it shows they're taking this in an interesting direction, potentially more like Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D than Twister, which is unfortuante. However, details are a bit sketchy. Vulture says that Category 6 is indeed a found-footage film, but it's "in the vein of Cloverfield about high-school students documenting the wrath of an enormous, tornado-spawning windstorm." That sounds epic and awesome, and something I really want to see if done well and not over-Hollywood camped up. However, our original report said this was about "high school students who try to survive the worst hurricane in U.S. history." So maybe it sounds like a "Category 6" hurricane, which is one over the top category anyway, which takes over half the states and spawns tornadoes everywhere. Now that sounds cool.
As for Steven Quale's involvement, this would be his follow-up to his feature directing debut Final Destination 5, and they say he's "in final negotiations." This is a project I'm particularly excited about in general and I think Quale's involvement means it'll probably be shot in 3D and look/feel crazy, but like I said, I hope he doesn't take it too far into Hollywood. We'll be keeping an eye on this, as I'm curious if the synopsis will continue to shift and alter from hurricane to tornadoes, or if there's more we'll find out about this as it continues to development. Either way, it sounds like New Line is pushing forward on Category 6.