'Source Code' Writer Bringing 'Flatliners' Remake to Life at Columbia

August 26, 2011
Source: THR


Yes, I've got to start with the obligatory "it's back from the dead!" THR is reporting that Columbia Pictures has a remake of Flatliners in the works, and that Further Films, who produced the original, is developing, along with producer Laurence Mark (The Lookout, Julie & Julia, How Do You Know). Set to write the script is Ben Ripley, mostly known for writing the original screenplay for Duncan Jones' Source Code, but also has credited work on some Species sequels. That's all they've announced for this new version so far. To be honest, I love the concept, and that Schumacher one just doesn't deliver. Some lines shouldn't be crossed.

The original 1990 Joel Schumacher-directed Flatliners starred quite a young cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. The concept/story centers on a group of medical students who subject themselves to near-death experiences in order to see if anything lies beyond the big sleep. The members of the group are revisited by physical manifestations of childhood sins and are not sure if what they are facing is real or hallucination. It becomes more of a horror story and goes crazy, but I think the idea of setting up experiments to step briefly into death is an exciting enough concept on its own. I'll be curious to see how this develops and who they find to direct. Is this a remake anyone's interested in?

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It's ripe for a remake. Shia LaBeouf, Anton Yelchin, Penn Badgely and Chad Michael Murray in the Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt roles Mischa Barton, Sophia Bush, Kat Dennings or Leighton Meester in the Julia Roberts role

Bridget Holden on Aug 26, 2011



Ocp on Aug 26, 2011


I can`t get upset anymore by all these remakes, I am just starting to ask myself if there soon only be remakes of remakes. They are getting to be the norm. Remakes, reboots, sequels, reimagenings and readaptations. In the future every friday we get the same movie but with different actors over and over again. Why not make a movie about that.

Loser on Aug 26, 2011


My sentiments exactly. I'm pretty much numb to news like this. The problem with theses remakes and reboots and re-whatevers is that they are usually replicas of the originals without introducing something new or making something stand alone based on the original concept. In other words, they just recycle the original movie but with better CGI and crappier actors.

Scared S#!tless on Aug 26, 2011


This is honestly why I pretty much stopped going to movies, wait for the blu-ray release, and for it to be dirt cheap used on Amazon. Very few films make me want to forgo the wait period.

Steve Gerace on Aug 27, 2011


I think it's dead. deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee... Revive it! Blip blip blip blip, we haveanother remake. Fun times.

Crapola on Aug 26, 2011


Call it.

Anonymous on Aug 27, 2011


Of course they are. this a remoot or a rebake? I give up, whatever. Oh and not to be the party pooper but it is medically impossible to "restart" a flatlined heart rythm (or lack of it) with a defibrillator.  I dont care what you have seen on three decades of medical dramas and just can't.   Any news yet on the remake of Rise of the Planet of the Apes yet?  What about that Batman Begins cannot be too far away now?

Mr Moo on Aug 27, 2011


Come up with an original idea asshole!

Belligerent on Aug 27, 2011


Im not even surprised anymore.

Bazzmosis on Aug 27, 2011



ur_babys_daddy on Aug 27, 2011


I actually think that could be a great idea.  That movie had a great idea that, I think, could be done even better with today's technology. I've been waiting on this.

Brian on Aug 29, 2011

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