Sony to Revive Joel Schumacher’s 1990 Sci-Fi Frightener ‘Flatliners’


Today is a good day to die … if you hate remakes. If not, then you may want to stick around to see Sony Pictures’ planned redo of director Joel Schumacher’s Flatliners, a 1990 sci-fi thriller about med-school students conducting near-death experiments to see what lies in the afterlife.

Species 3 and Species: The Awakening scribe Ben Ripley, best known these days for penning Duncan Jones’ sci-fi hit The Source Code, has been hired to write the remake. Laurence Mark (I, Robot) is attached as producer.

Despite its intriguing premise, Flatliners remains most notable for its impressive cast of then rising stars Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. Produced for $26 million, the film grossed over $61 million domestically during its theatrical run.

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