It was inevitable that Hollywood, where exciting original scripts are apparently few and far between, would get around to remaking “Flatliners.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures tapped “Source Code” scribe Ben Ripley to write the new screenplay.
The original 1990 movie — starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Billy Baldwin and Oliver Platt — chronicled the extracurricular experiments of a group of medical students. Sutherland led the group of rebel wanna-be docs in a series of near-death experiences designed to find out whether or not there was an afterlife. Which, duh, was answered definitively in another 1990 release, “Ghost,” where we learned that after death we come back to possess the body of Whoopi Goldberg.
We have a better proposal: Why not make “Flatliners 2” with the complete original cast? Now they’re doctors who routinely “flatline” patients in a bid to rack up as many medical malpractice suits as humanly possible.
What do you think? Is “Flatliners” really deserving of a remake? If so, who would you cast in the lead roles?