1990 was an interesting year for solid supernatural thrillers, with Jacob's Ladder, Ghost and Flatliners all being released within a few months of each other. Now Joel Schumacher's afterlife-experimenting Flatliners is being resurrected in a Sony Pictures remake starring Ellen Page (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Inception) just as the original's 25th anniversary arrives.
Rumors have swirled over the past couple years of this paranormal project's reboot potential, but no one had stepped it up to seal the deal until recently. Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) is signed on to direct from a screenplay by Source Code screenwriter Ben Ripley. Schumacher's spiritual sci-fi flick featured a killer '90s cast of Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon.
Here's the synopsis for the 1990 version:
At University Hospital School of Medicine, a group of ambitious medical students are about to die… and live to tell about it. Embarking on a daring and arrogant experiment, the five aim to push through the confines of life and touch the face of death. Nelson Wright (Kiefer Sutherland), the manipulative, fame-seeking initiator of the project, has recruited Rachel Mannus (Julia Roberts), a self-made expert in the field of death; David Labraccio (Kevin Bacon), an idealistic yet pragmatic student suspended from med school; ladies’ man Joe Hurley (William Baldwin); and the brilliant yet self-absorbed Randy Steckle (Oliver Platt) to venture into a frontier that until now had been the exclusive province of religion and philosophy.
Page will most likely be cast in the female lead played by Julia Roberts, but no official decision has been revealed by Sony. Could Flatliners be a viable candidate for a refreshing 21st-century reboot, or should Schumacher's trippy thriller be left to rest in peace?