Jeffrey Reddick
Born (1969-07-12) 12 July 1969 (age 52)
EducationBreathitt County High School
OccupationScreenwriter, film director
Notable work
Final Destination

Jeffrey Reddick (born 12 July 1969)[1] is an American screenwriter and film director, best known for creating the Final Destination franchise.

Life and career

Reddick was born in Jackson, Kentucky[2] and attended Breathitt County High School. He studied at Berea College, and is a member of the Bahá'í Faith.[3]

When Reddick was fourteen, he wrote a ten-page treatment of a prequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street and sent it to New Line Cinema. The studio did not accept unsolicited material, and it was returned unread. Reddick proceeded to contact studio founder Robert Shaye and asked him to read the treatment. Shaye read it and responded. This was the beginning of a letter-and-phone relationship with Shaye and his assistant that lasted for years. While in college, Jeffrey landed an internship at New Line and worked for the studio for almost eleven years. In 2000, New Line produced Reddick's screenplay for the film Final Destination.[4]

Reddick is mostly known for writing horror films, but he recently worked on two animated series for Netflix, including a spin-off of the classic Japanese comic book Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai. He is currently adapting the YA book series, The Adventures of Young Captain Nemo. He made his directorial debut with the his mystery thriller Don't Look Back in 2020.



Year Title Writer Producer Director
2000 Final Destination Yes No James Wong
2003 Final Destination 2 Story Executive David R. Ellis
2005 Tamara Yes No Jeremy Haft
2005 A Life's Work No Yes Jason Crain
2008 Day of the Dead Yes No Steve Miner
2018 The Final Wish Yes Yes Timothy Woodward Jr.
2020 The Call No Yes Timothy Woodward Jr.
2020 Good Samaritan Yes Yes Jeffrey Riddick


Year(s) Title Writer Executive
Creator Notes
2001 Return to Cabin by the Lake Yes No No Television film
2007 Dante's Cove No Supervising No 5 episodes
Other credits
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Midnight, Texas Story editor 3 episodes


  1. ^ Family Search: Jeffrey Reddick
  2. ^ "Final Destination Creator Jeffrey Reddick on His New Thriller Dead Awake". 11 May 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  3. ^ Reed, Becky (13 May 2013). "Slice and Dice Interview: Final Destination Creator Jeffrey Reddick". DIY.
  4. ^ ""What's Hot in Hollywood Now?"". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2010.