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Ellen Page in talks to star in remake of Joel Schumacher's Flatliners

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A remake of Joel Schumacher's 1990 sci-fi/horror FLATLINERS has been in the cards for a while, but you'd be forgiven if you'd completely forgotten about that because I sure did. The original film, which starred Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, and Kevin Bacon revolved around "a group of medical students who journey into the afterworld to find meaning in their own lives before being resuscitated in the nick of time. As expected, the experiments soon go awry."

It's been a while since there had been any movement on the film, but now Variety is reporting that Ellen Page is currently in talks for a starring role. There's no word on which character Ellen Page is up for or how the remake may differ from the original, but we do know that Niels Arden Oplev, director of the original GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, is set to direct the remake from a screenplay by Ben Ripley. I've never seen FLATLINERS, but when I glance at the original's mixed reviews, it's possible that a remake may be able to take the film's intriguing premise in an exiting new direction.

Ellen Page's latest film, FREEHELD, opened on October 2, 2015. You can check out our own Chris Bumbray's review of the film right here.

What do you folks think? Does FLATLINERS need (or deserve) a remake?

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Source: Variety

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7:51AM on 10/06/2015
I guess I'm ok with a remake of Flatliners, movies like this who don't really have to much of a following certainly deserve to be remade for a different generation of fans who into this type of genre. I doubt you can create the exact storyline again due to the PC of today, but putting a fresh take on the same premise could make this work.
I guess I'm ok with a remake of Flatliners, movies like this who don't really have to much of a following certainly deserve to be remade for a different generation of fans who into this type of genre. I doubt you can create the exact storyline again due to the PC of today, but putting a fresh take on the same premise could make this work.
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5:51AM on 10/06/2015
This is one rare instance that I'm all for the remake. As good and entertaining the original movie was, Flatliners can use the help of remake. With better medical technologies and new young cast, the new Flatliners can be a hit. I'd like to vote James McAvoy for Kiefer Sutherland's role.
This is one rare instance that I'm all for the remake. As good and entertaining the original movie was, Flatliners can use the help of remake. With better medical technologies and new young cast, the new Flatliners can be a hit. I'd like to vote James McAvoy for Kiefer Sutherland's role.
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11:33PM on 10/05/2015
Oh, christ! Here we go...again!
I loved the hell out of it when I saw it as a kid. So no, I really don't wanna see a remake, but what the hell do I know,
" I'm a white male between the ages of 18 and 45...Everybody listens to me!"
Oh, christ! Here we go...again!
I loved the hell out of it when I saw it as a kid. So no, I really don't wanna see a remake, but what the hell do I know,
" I'm a white male between the ages of 18 and 45...Everybody listens to me!"
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11:07PM on 10/05/2015
This is the perfect kind of movie to remake. One that has been largely forgotten, with a great concept that was perhaps close to being great but didn't quite make it, and is possible to improve upon.
This is the perfect kind of movie to remake. One that has been largely forgotten, with a great concept that was perhaps close to being great but didn't quite make it, and is possible to improve upon.
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9:16PM on 10/05/2015
The guy directed the very underrated Dead Man Down, so I'm willing to give this a chance based off my enjoyment from that film and the fact that Page would be an excellent choice for the lead.

And like what joemygod said in his post, this is a premise where it could be updated and utilized better than the original film.
The guy directed the very underrated Dead Man Down, so I'm willing to give this a chance based off my enjoyment from that film and the fact that Page would be an excellent choice for the lead.

And like what joemygod said in his post, this is a premise where it could be updated and utilized better than the original film.
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9:06PM on 10/05/2015
Like the writer says, this is the perfect movie to remake. Not a perfect movie but can be made better with the right actors and director.
Like the writer says, this is the perfect movie to remake. Not a perfect movie but can be made better with the right actors and director.
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