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?
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Another fucking remake! How about making something original!
Steve on Feb 26, 2013
This is one I just recently discovered and actually liked. A remake could actually improve a few things. As long as they don't make it too mainstream horror like, it could be cool.
daneforst on Feb 26, 2013
Oh good, yet another pointless remake that will fail to capture what the original had. Just another bland interpretation.
grimjob on Feb 26, 2013
Yes !!! another remake
Tester on Feb 26, 2013
A Flatliners remake would be nice. It was just too 90s. Sutherland's hair; that's all i remember of the movie.
Daniel on Feb 26, 2013
I'm really looking forward to Under the Dome! I love the book! I used to love Flatliners but I haven't watched it since the 90's. I still can't believe it's a JS film!
Crazy Legs on Feb 26, 2013
Flatliners is definitely a guilty pleasure for me. I saw it three or four times back in 1990. The cast is perfect and the script is solid with great dialogue. Jan de Bont's amazing cinematography with the changing colors really helps make this a special experience. James Newton Howard's score is also one of his best. If only there could be an some new ideas coming out of Hollywood these days, we might see movies like the original Flatliners once in a while.
castingcouch on Feb 27, 2013