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Columbia Pictures plan to bring Flatliners back to life with the remake treatment

Aug. 26, 2011by: Niki Stephens

My Mom is going to shit bricks when she finds out they are remaking FLATLINERS. She liked it so much that she bought the novel that was based on the movie. It's still in the house next to the re-issue copy of "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton with Tom Cruise and the rest of the boys slapped on the cover.

Anywho, if you can remember as far back as 1990, you might recall that FLATLINERS was a movie directed by Joel Schumacher starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt and William Baldwin. It was about a group of med students who get sucked in by the curiosity of life beyond death. In order to do this, they experience clinical death for a minute then are brought back to life with emergency procedures. Obviously, it was a terrible idea. They end up being haunted by specific experiences in the past and have no clue whether they are hallucinating or not. When a 12-year old boy kicks the beats the crap out of you in the afterlife, you have the bruises and blood to prove it in the present. Stay away, Billy Mahoney!!! I'm not going to lie though, I wanted to slap the shit out of the kids in Nelson and David's past.

Columbia Pictures has decided to bring new life to the film by remaking it. Ben Ripley (SOURCE CODE) will write the screenplay. I don't know if you care or not if they remake this one. I really enjoyed the original but can never find anyone else besides my mom who has seen it (I know, it's weird). Good luck getting a cast as cool as the original one.

Source: THR

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2:20PM on 08/29/2011

Really?

This is an absolutely terrible idea. The original Flatliners was an excellent movie with an original idea and it DOES NOT need to be remade. All the remake will do is cheapen the orignal....
This is an absolutely terrible idea. The original Flatliners was an excellent movie with an original idea and it DOES NOT need to be remade. All the remake will do is cheapen the orignal....
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11:50PM on 08/28/2011

stop

just please stop
just please stop
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6:17PM on 08/27/2011
I have no beef with remakes unless they're warranted. This is not one of them.
I have no beef with remakes unless they're warranted. This is not one of them.
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3:52PM on 08/27/2011

They can just eat my poopy flavoured poo

Go ahead, remake it. I don't care. I won't be watching it, just as I haven't watched any remake in the last 4 or 5 years.
Go ahead, remake it. I don't care. I won't be watching it, just as I haven't watched any remake in the last 4 or 5 years.
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6:07PM on 08/27/2011
Yes you have, even more than once I'd say. You just don't they are remakes.
Yes you have, even more than once I'd say. You just don't they are remakes.
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12:41PM on 08/27/2011
Love that movie. Have no need to see a remake.
Love that movie. Have no need to see a remake.
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12:23PM on 08/27/2011
They should get as many of the original cast to return as they can! yea I've seen the original, and wouldn't mind a remake if they get the right cast! The original cast was amazing.
They should get as many of the original cast to return as they can! yea I've seen the original, and wouldn't mind a remake if they get the right cast! The original cast was amazing.
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11:24AM on 08/27/2011

There's nothing wrong with remaking FLATLINERS.

FLATLINERS is fine. It's got a good hook with a so-so execution, no thanks to Joel Schumacher's unimaginative direction. Ben Ripley's screenplay for SOURCE CODE was brilliant, and a Q&A I heard him do revealed a keen writer. I look forward to seeing what he might do with the story.
FLATLINERS is fine. It's got a good hook with a so-so execution, no thanks to Joel Schumacher's unimaginative direction. Ben Ripley's screenplay for SOURCE CODE was brilliant, and a Q&A I heard him do revealed a keen writer. I look forward to seeing what he might do with the story.
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6:31AM on 08/27/2011
no no no no no no no no no no no no no and nooooooooooooooooooo!
no no no no no no no no no no no no no and nooooooooooooooooooo!
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12:30AM on 08/27/2011

WTF?

Yet another of my childhood favorites being bastardized by the ass clowns of Hollywood. Let's see if this new cast has the longevity of the original when it comes to career paths (for the most part)
Yet another of my childhood favorites being bastardized by the ass clowns of Hollywood. Let's see if this new cast has the longevity of the original when it comes to career paths (for the most part)
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10:33PM on 08/26/2011
Hollywood must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel if they're remaking Joel Schumacher films now.
Hollywood must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel if they're remaking Joel Schumacher films now.
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9:58PM on 08/26/2011
is there any movie that hollywood won't be remaking at this point.
is there any movie that hollywood won't be remaking at this point.
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8:58PM on 08/26/2011
One of the few Schumacher movies I like.
One of the few Schumacher movies I like.
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7:38PM on 08/26/2011

Nooooooooooo.....

Such a great movie, clearly doesn't need to be remade at all...
Such a great movie, clearly doesn't need to be remade at all...
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7:01PM on 08/26/2011

Completely Unnecessary

Flatliners is one of my favorite films of all time and does NOT need to be remade. Has Hollywood completely run out of original stories that they feel the need to remake everything. Flatliners is a classic that should be left as such.
Flatliners is one of my favorite films of all time and does NOT need to be remade. Has Hollywood completely run out of original stories that they feel the need to remake everything. Flatliners is a classic that should be left as such.
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11:28AM on 08/27/2011
"Has Hollywood completely run out of original stories that they feel the need to remake everything." - says the guy with the avatar from the *second* try at a Punisher film.
"Has Hollywood completely run out of original stories that they feel the need to remake everything." - says the guy with the avatar from the *second* try at a Punisher film.
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