The first hour or so of Flatliners is one of the coolest horror movies of the '90s. It's a tight, creative, bristling thriller that really digs into the mind of academia gone wrong. After that things get a little wonky, but when it's Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Bladwin and Oliver Platt pushing the boundaries of science (and common sense) by intentionally killing (and then reviving) one another for the pursuit of ultimate enlightenment, it's fantastic. That room for improvement is why news of a Flatliners remake isn't as disheartening to hear as, say, news of another Kevin Bacon horror movie from 1990 would be.
Bloody Disgusting brings news of the remake, which its source says is set to be directed by original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev. And if that news wasn't intriguing enough, the script will be written by Source Code scribe Ben Ripley. A fine thriller director and a fine sci-fi writer working on a remake of a fine sci-fi thriller? Flatiners is off to a, uh, good start.
The people behind the camera and typewriter isn't quite as important to the success of Flatliners as those who will end up in front of it. The original has an utterly perfect cast, so we don't envy the casting director who has to top that ensemble. But we're certainly curious to see them try. Who would you like to see in a new generation's Flatliners?