Final Destination was Morgan and Wongs cinematic debut. (They did start off writing the script for Penelope Spheeriss acclaimed, little-seen The Boys Next Door ). This time Morgan and Wong are working from another writers treatment. The basic premise a rehash of supernatural air disaster films like The Night My Number Came Up (1955), The Survivor (1981), Sole Survivor (1983) and sundry forgettable tv movies is not so inspiring but this does not seem to matter as Morgan and Wong have never written a script that has been less than original and compulsive viewing. Final Destination uniquely manages to combine both the predominant themes of the burgeoning air disaster ghost story mini-genre that of the passenger who has a precognitive vision of an impending crash and that of the crash survivor who afterwards experiences supernatural retribution.
Despite all promise to the contrary, Morgan and Wong run completely aground here. The first couple of killings are inventive in particular, the one where Amanda Detmer says she is not hanging around to be killed and turns around only to be creamed by a bus (a sequence that is unmistakably reminiscent of a scene from the Val Lewton classic Cat People (1942) a point underscored by naming one of the characters in the film Mrs Valerie Lewton). However, Final Destinations parade of novelty deaths become progressively more absurd. Kristen Clokes dispatch variously involves: alcohol from a cracked glass leaking into a computer, which then explodes and impales her in the neck, accidental skewering by a rack of kitchen knives and an exploding house. The climax with Ali Larter being attacked by rupturing swimming pools, a collapsing garage, exploding tv sets, lashing electrical cables, nearly impaled by poles and trapped in an exploding car reaches a point where novelty becomes laughability. The script offers a couple of fair passages trying to rationalize everything but this gets forgotten and overtaken by the set-pieces.
Final Destination is clearly an attempt to rehash the aircraft survivor story for the post-Scream (1986) generation. Dutifully, Morgan and Wong stock it with the requisite number of genre in-references. All the characters are named after horror directors Browning, Waggner, Siegel, Hitchcock, as well as a Terry Chaney and Mrs Valerie Lewton, even two investigating FBI agents named Wiene and Schreck (named respectively after Robert Wiene, the director of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari  and Max Schreck, who played the title character in Nosferatu ). Morgan and Wong get full points for showing up their dedication to less well-known directors where Kevin Williamson quotes from Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980), Morgan and Wong go as far back as the 1920s and 1930s and refer to German silents. However, this is also an old hat game. Naming characters after genre directors was first done in Joe Dantes The Howling (1980) and the net result, while cute, amounts to an overall so what. One expected more of Glen Morgan and James Wongs entree into the postmodern teen genre than a spot-the-reference name-game checklist.
The teen cast are mostly anonymous. Ali Larter is the only one that stands out in a role of intriguing sympathy but the part is severely underwritten. Tony Todd gives a badly overacted cameo as a morgue attendant. Kristen Cloke, who has had substantial roles in all of Morgan and Wongs series The X Files, Millennium and Space (not too surprising in that she is also Mrs Glen Morgan) appears as the aforementioned Mrs Lewton but, as with all of Clokes roles so far, it is one where she demonstrates a remarkable lack of expression.
James Wong and Glen Morgans next cinematic outings were the alternate world hopping action film The One (2001), the remake of Willard (2003), Final Destination 3 (2006) and the remake of Black Christmas (2006). They appeared to part ways after this with James Wong going on to direct Dragonball: Evolution (2009), produce the tv series The Event (2010-1), American Horror Story (2011 ) and Scream Queens (2015 ) and to write the tv mini-series remake of Rosemarys Baby (2014) without Morgan, while Glen Morgan on his own subsequently signed on as a producer of tvs Bionic Woman (2007), Tower Prep (2010), The River (2012) and Intruders (2014).
The sequel, sans Morgan and Wong, but with Ali Larter and Tony Todd returning, was Final Destination 2 (2003), while Morgan and Wong returned to make Final Destination 3 (2006), The Final Destination (2009) and Final Destination 5 (2011).