We haven't heard hide nor hair from this Flatliners remake in over a year and a half, back when Source Code writer Ben Ripley was first attached to adapt the screenplay. It sure as hell seems overdue for an update, so here's a big one: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev will take over the remake for Columbia Pictures.
The original horror thriller starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt and William Baldwin as med students who experiment with near death experiences, only to bring something back with them from the other side. The supernatural embodiment of their psychological torment on the mortal plane: sins, abuse and even accidental murder victims. The all-star cast was originally directed by Joel Schumacher, back when everyone thought he was awesome and that giving him the Batman franchise to play with was actually a pretty good idea.
Bloody Disgusting broke the news that Danish director Niels Arden Oplev will be tackling the remake, after making waves in the United States with the first cinematic adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was later remade (rather less effectively, we thought), by The Social Network director David Fincher. Oplev's been given a lot of work in the Americas since Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came out: he directed the pilot for the upcoming ABC/Stephen King series "Under the Dome," and also directed Dead Man Down, the upcoming thriller starring Colin Farrell, Terence Howard and the original Lisbeth Salander, Noomi Rapace.
Again, Flatliners is the kind of movie that actually deserves a remake. The original is well remembered but hardly a classic, since only one or two of its supernatural plotlines was actually any good. Kiefer Sutherland had to fight off a psycho killer ghost child. Kevin Bacon had to apologize to a girl he called names in school. One of these things is not like the other…