Uh-oh: Flatliners remake pressing ahead

News Simon Brew
27 Feb 2013 - 06:40

Not so good news: Flatliners is getting a remake. Better news: it's got some good people involved...

The pillaging of the movies of the 90s has been underway for sometime, as Hollywood executives scour their back catalogues for possible remakes. And it looks as if Flatliners is next up. This was a project first murmured about two years ago, but it seems as if it's got fresh wind.

The original Flatliners was directed by Joel Schumacher, and featured Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and William Baldwin. And the central premise of it was a bunch of medical students who basically let each other die for a minute or two, before bringing each other back to life. That way, they could explore what lies beyond death. Red coats, if memory serves.

It's not a perfect film, but it's a good and interesting one. And while, as is usually the case with such projects, it's hardly crying out for a remake, it's at least got some good people involved.

On writing duties for the new Flatliners is Ben Ripley, who penned Source Code. And Bloody Disgusting now reports that a director has been hired. Niels Arden Oplev is signing up to the project, and his highest profile piece of work to date is the original movie version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

As with the RoboCop remake/reboot that's currently being worked on, the idea of a Flatliners remake isn't one that fills us with glee. But given the calibre of the talent on board, it'd be remiss to write it off.

Bloody Disgusting.

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