Everything 80s and 90s is new again and one of the movies that really drew a lot of controversy and dialogue on its release was the movie Flatliners, released in 1990. Starring the then so hot cast of Keifer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin (whatever became of him?) and Oliver Platt, this Joel Schumacher directed flick had medical students seeking answers about the afterlife.
Chicago medical student Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) persuades his fellow pupils to help him end his life, and then resuscitate him in the nick of time. Atheist David (Kevin Bacon), playboy Joe (William Baldwin) and troubled Rachel (Julia Roberts) also journey into the unknown, looking for meaning in their own lives.
As the experiments become more perilous, each is forced to contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing on the other side.
This was a genuinely interesting film that raised myriad questions about what lies on the other side of death. With arguments for and against God making a fascinating look at the supernatural.
The premise of this film was intersting and thought-provoking and given Hollywood is going through an ideas-drought that has them knocking off endless sequels and super hero films, a remake of this film has promise if done properly.
The remake has been in the works since 2013, with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev at the helm. Attached to star in the lead is Ellen Page (Juno, Inception).
Shooting on the film is due to start any day with Page now joined by Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemens…and Kiefer Sutherland. No word yet on how and who Sutherland will play in the cast.