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Flatliners on TV?

02.05.2008by: Ammon Gilbert
One of the cooler movies to hit the late 80s / early 90s was Joel Schumacher's FLATLINERS. Maybe it was the dark visionary style of a pre-BATMAN FOREVER Schumacher, or because the cast rocked like no other (Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt), or simply the story about a group of med students who get-off on stopping their hearts and then being revived, only to have severely messed up visions that haunt them to no end was just a great idea for a movie. Either way, FLATLINERS is a classic in its own right, which makes this news that much more interesting...

Writer Stephen Susco (he of THE GRUDGE fame) sat down with Collider to chat about a few things while at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Among those things? A project he's currently working on - bringing a FLATLINERS series to the small screen!

Susco is planning on developing a two hour pilot and a one hour episode for the show, with hopes that Michael Douglas will star! Wait - Michael Douglas? Didn't see that one coming... nor do I see a reason, but hey - I'm sure there's a legitimate explanation!

While TV shows based on movies don't always fare too well (let's not forget the BLADE series), sometimes they can rock like no other - just see THE DEAD ZONE, which has been on for over five years now. Five years! Perhaps the FLATLINERS show will fare as well.

I would actually like to see a show like this to happen, since the storyline is just cool, and there's plenty of fodder there for a weekly series. Plus, with Susco on board? At least it'll be some quality entertainment. He's still working out the details, so nothing has been set in stone, but studios looking for something 'new' should be knocking down the guy's door to get this started.

To check out the full interview, including Susco's discussion of his latest project RED, click HERE, and stick around to see whether FLATINERS the TV show will be greenlit or not.

Julie Roberts in her prime.
Source: Collider



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