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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev to remake Flatliners

Feb. 26, 2013by: Niki Stephens
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I completely forgot that Columbia Pictures had plans to remake 1990's FLATLINERS.

The last update we had on this was fall of 2011 when I wrote about the initial news. Now it seems that the studio has hired a director to helm the material. Niels Arden Oplev, who piloted the original adaptation of GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO will take on the remake. I think this is a good fit. However, I still think that the '90 version is sort of great as-is.

For those who haven't seen it, the film is centered on, "A group of medical students (Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt and William Baldwin) who begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure.

As I said before, I thought that the cast they chose for the original was terrific. The dynamic that each one brought to the story fit to a t. Who do you get to top those guys? Also, it was pretty creepy. When my mom used to watch it when I was younger, I'd have to go out of the room during Nelson and David's nightmares.

Ben Ripley (SOURCE CODE) is still attached as scribe.

Source: BD

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8:26AM on 02/27/2013
Ah Flatliners - the exact midpoint between Inception and Final Destination.
A remake could work - I don't think the original is that highly regarded anymore, to be honest.
Ah Flatliners - the exact midpoint between Inception and Final Destination.
A remake could work - I don't think the original is that highly regarded anymore, to be honest.
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8:21AM on 02/27/2013
I suppose the cast dynamic is the one big question mark in this whole project. It's been years since I saw Flatliners, and it is a pretty good movie, but certainly not sacred ground. Niels Arden Oplev might just be the perfect fit for the material though.
I suppose the cast dynamic is the one big question mark in this whole project. It's been years since I saw Flatliners, and it is a pretty good movie, but certainly not sacred ground. Niels Arden Oplev might just be the perfect fit for the material though.
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2:57AM on 02/27/2013
A remake could work. It's been quite a while now for Flatliners. The movie is good but it looks outdated now. However, concept-wise, the movie is still relevant.
A remake could work. It's been quite a while now for Flatliners. The movie is good but it looks outdated now. However, concept-wise, the movie is still relevant.
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9:17PM on 02/26/2013
For once I am actually ok with a remake. I remember Flatliners being a very well made thriller that still stand to this day. Nice choice of director because if can do Dragon Tattoo justice then he will be fine with this remake. Dead Man Down looks great also.
For once I am actually ok with a remake. I remember Flatliners being a very well made thriller that still stand to this day. Nice choice of director because if can do Dragon Tattoo justice then he will be fine with this remake. Dead Man Down looks great also.
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8:29PM on 02/26/2013
It's definitely not the worst candidate for a remake ever. The original was very cool, but also very 90s. I absolutely agree that what made it work was the fantastic cast: Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. I think one of the main complaints from critics about Flatliners was that the same set up was used too many times, so it became harder to care if they'd come back or not. I really liked Source Code, I think it's a pretty underrated film and have
It's definitely not the worst candidate for a remake ever. The original was very cool, but also very 90s. I absolutely agree that what made it work was the fantastic cast: Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. I think one of the main complaints from critics about Flatliners was that the same set up was used too many times, so it became harder to care if they'd come back or not. I really liked Source Code, I think it's a pretty underrated film and have full confidence that Ben Ripley can deliver another thrilling, crackling script.
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