Now this is the first I’ve heard about this, though a quick look at HCF’s archives did reveal that Matt Wavish posted a couple of stories about this in the past. Anyway, the 1990 hit Flatliners that starred Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland is, as Matt posted, being remade and already has a writer and a director. Joel Schumacher’s film concerned five medical students who try to find out what lies beyond death, and who even produce experiments that allow them to experience near-death and the afterlife until, of course, things begin to go wrong. Now I’ll admit that it’s been a very long time since I’ve seen the film – in fact, it may have been when it originally came out! To be honest, I remember not being too impressed by it and remember wishing it were more scary and imaginative considering its premise, so it’s possible that a remake may not be as bad an idea as all that, but as I say that was a long time ago and it may actually be far better than I recalled [“Doc goes and sees if it’s avaible for £3 or similar on Amazon”].
In any case, this remake has a good writer in Source Code‘s Ben Ripley [okay, he also scripted two mediocre direct-to-DVD Species sequels, but we won’t hold that against him] and a decent director in Niels Arden Oplev. His The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo didn’t exactly wow me [mind you, neither did the David Fincher remake] unlike many others, but Dead Man Down was an underrated, likeable little movie and his TV series Mr. Robot is highly thought of.
And now the constantly impressive Ellen Page [Inception, Juno] is in talks to star in the film. It does seem that the producers are keen on hiring talented people for this remake and are not interested in just cashing in on the popularity of the original, though it’s moving forward very slowly!