Original 'Dragon Tattoo' Director Niels Arden Oprev Taking 'Flatliners'
Back in 2011, we learned that Source Code writer Ben Ripley was working on a remake of the 1990 thriller Flatliners. The story follows five medical students (Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt) who conduct experiments to stop their heart to simulate a temporary death, and see if there's anything beyond our own mortality. But after returning to life, the group is visited by physical manifestations of their childhood sins and it's not clear if this is real or just a hallucination. Now Bloody Disgusting reports that Niels Arden Oplev, the director of next month's Dead Man Down, is at the helm.
For your reference, here's the trailer for the original 1990 film from director Joel Schumacher:
Oplev also directed the 2009 adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and is slated to direct the pilot for the CBS series adaptation of Stephen King's "Under the Dome." The concept is pretty cool, and Oplev's directing style should lend itself to the hallucinations, hopefully making it more than just another horror film, which is basically what Joel Schumacher's attempt became. We'll have a better idea of what to expect when the cast is revealed. Hopefully it's not the kind of pretty young cast we'd expect in a generic slasher or supernatural horror flick, but we'll have to wait and see how this pans out. Sound good?