The recent spate of 1990s TV nostalgia appears to be making its way into features. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellen Page is in talks to star in a remake of Flatliners.
The original film, which stared Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts, featured a group of med students inducing near-death experiences. After their trips to the other side, they are haunted by vivid memories from their pasts. The movie was directed by Joel Schumacher before his Batman days and had a sense of style to it.
The new film will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev, director of the original Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and 2013’s Dead Man Down. He also has a sense of style about him and could offer the hallucinations a fair bit of flair.
Of the various 90s films to remake, Flatliners is a good choice. It has a fantastic thriller premise, but is not so fondly remembered that it draws intensely loyal comparisons. But it does make you wonder how long it’ll be before remakes of The Lawnmower Man and The Sandlot are announced.