Joel Schumacher‘s 1990 supernatural drama, Flatliners, may not strike you as a film that needed to be remade. The original was suitably dark, a little clunky, and held together predominantly by Kiefer Sutherland‘s frantic performance. However, a remake has been on the cards for a while now, hailing from Niels Arden Oplev – director of the 2009 Danish adaptation of Stieg Larrson‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – and now we have word from Variety that Ellen Page has entered talks for a leading role in the film.
Ellen Page, one of Hollywood’s most vocal gay actors, recently starred in the gay rights biopic Freeheld with Julianne Moore. The Juno star has split the last decade between mainstream productions, such as Bryan Singer‘s X-Men series in which she plays Kitty Pryde, and independent features including 2011’s ironic superhero flick, Super, and cult based thriller The East. The Flatliners remake seems to fall into the former category, however, with Oplev involved the film is sure to be an intense psychological romp.
Source Code‘s Ben Ripley is set to write the script; the original followed a band of students experimenting on the recently deceased. As experiments go awry, members of their group return from the afterlife with disturbing results. Let’s hope the reboot manages to bring some terror back with it too.