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Flatliners remake?

Flatliners.jpgWell it certainly looks that way as Columbia Pictures have hired a writer to have a bash at the remake, and the writer is known for writing the third and fourth Species films, a television thriller, and more importantly, the excellent Source Code.

So it sounds as though the studio is keen for the remake and has pulled in a good writer, but can they top the original?

Flatliners followed a group of medical students who were pushing themselves to near-death experiences and pulling them back out in order to see if there was anything after death. Each time they moved the return further and further and while they began saying to each other that there was nothing, they began to discover something.

Hallucinations and strange manifestations began to appear to each of them, something personal from their own past, haunting them first in sleep and then during their waking hours.

It was a great film directed by Joel Schumacher, written by Peter Filardi and starring the younger talents of Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Kimberly Scott and Hope Davis.

Ben Ripley is the writer of Source Code, and according to The Hollywood Reporter through Total Film he's the man who will bring back to life the original film.

It's a strong film to bring back, but I don't know if they could match that cast, and over time that's definitely a feature of this film that has made it so big.

There's not a lot else said about the remake other than Ben Ripley is on the keyboard, but that does carry a certain hope for the film in that there could be something surprising and unexpected to come from it, not just the usual remake we'd at first expect.

Still, the original is well liked and I have to wonder why they couldn't attempt a new story rather than remaking the old. Is it all about getting the early publicity nowadays?



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