The soon to be released Flatliners remake will debut a new trailer in the near future, according to sources. The original 1990 film starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt as a group of daring medical students undertaking experiments on near death experiences. These experiments, which involve killing and resuscitating each other, ultimately unlock supernatural forces which begin menacing them in real life. Directed by Joel Schumacher, the film was greatly aided by the then-rising mega-star Julia Roberts. Her presence alone guaranteed filled theater seats.
According to sources, the second film is expected to feature Kiefer Sutherland, once again reprising his role from the first film, conducting his clandestine experiments on the recently dead. No other performers from the first film will reappear for the sequel, and Sony has begun marketing the film’s social presence by taking to Twitter, with this brief tweet:
Flatliners, only in theaters September 29. pic.twitter.com/fszWJum3rX
— Flatliners (@FlatlinersMovie) June 9, 2017
Flatliners stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Charlotte McKinney and Nina Dobrev alongside Kiefer Sutherland and is directed by Niels Arden Oplev who did the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
My take: rag on Schumacher all you want, Flatliners is one film where his reach exceeded his grasp, where he crafted a timeless thriller about the perils of peaking behind the veil of death using science as prybar. I don’t see Opley coming close to the dark, funereal thrills of the original film, no matter who they cast. And without a Julia Roberts-like lead-in, this could just another Sony bomb. If so, perhaps Kiefer will get off his fag-smoking ass and make that Jack Bauer 24 movie we’ve all cried for over the last several years.