Source Code writer Ben Ripley bringing Flatliners back to life

Columbia Pictures have hired him to script the remake

Source Code writer Ben Ripley has been hired to rewrite 1990 thriller Flatliners for Columbia Pictures.

The original saw a bunch of medical students (played by a bunch of soon to be megastars including Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon) experimenting on their bodies by taking themselves to the brink of death.

As you can imagine, their playing-God tomfoolery gets them into trouble, and they all start to experience bizarre phenomena in their waking lives. Seriously, why don't they give trainee scientists a copy of Frankenstein on their first day?

Laurence Mark (Julie & Julia, The Lookout) will produce, but there's no word on a director at this stage (Joel Schumacher called the shots first time round).

Ripley's Source Code was one of the most refreshingly intelligent sci-fiers since, well, Moon. He'd done little of note before that though, with a couple of Species sequels and a TV movie to his name.

Will he come up with a searingly intelligent new take on Flatliners that'll launch the next wave of A-list stars? Or is this just a lame attempt to resuscitate an old idea in the hope of scoring a new franchise to replace Final Destination?

Only time will tell, but we're hoping this'll be much more Source Code than Species: The Awakening

Should Flatliners have come with a 'Do Not Resuscitate' tag? Or are you intrigued to see a new take on the story? Let us know!


    • Hadouken76

      Aug 28th 2011, 18:06

      Well it wouldnt be so much as remake as an improvement. The original was a boring fluff piece built on the hype of Roberts / Sutherland romance. Half the budget went on Roberts' ridicolous hair. Dated rubbish. Anyway, the only thing that could replace the Final Destination series would be a plate of steaming turrds

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    • thethingandi

      Aug 28th 2011, 18:42

      "OMG & WTF?. the writer of one of the mostly overrated & hyped sci-fi thrillers ever made (even as utterly boring as inception & The Adjustment Bureau) Source Code..." HaaHaaHaaHaa.... "Flatliners is amazing." HaaHaaHaaHaa. I know everybody is entitled to their opinion, but you, well, shouldn't be. Flatliners was a mess, Source Code a refreshing piece of sci-fi, let's see what happens.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 28th 2011, 23:23

      Anyone who claims Inception is boring is clearly a troll.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 28th 2011, 23:24

      btw LOL at Oliver Platt in that picture.

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    • writerdave87

      Aug 29th 2011, 0:18

      Dalidab he may be being a clever c**t, but you're a stupid c**t every day of the week. Out of the two of you I know who I'd prefer to f**k off and die. Your taste in films is appalling. Get the f**k out.

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    • FBALee

      Aug 29th 2011, 0:37*eBFh6SNjTBTsF2NOmskfD4cal7CI6G9-CLCgGOjv1PtoWEPQbVw4L9IPjRJ5ydZAXMUxA__/trollface.png TROLL!

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    • trist808

      Aug 29th 2011, 2:03

      Another day, another announcement of yet another remake on the cards (sigh). Has Hollywood truly run out of ideas? I've not seen Flatliners for 20 years but I remember it was a very mediocre film, average at best. I'm not sure what Ripley could do with a newer/updated version of the story as we've seen the whole dying-and-bringing-something-nasty-back-from-beyond-the-grave-thing done better since then, but Moon was amazing, so maybe he can do something special with it? I thought Source Code was excellent too, one of my favourite films of this year, a love story wrapped in a sci-fi enigma, entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time ... if the script is strong enough, perhaps another collaboration with Duncan Jones could be on the horizon? That would get me interested in this.

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    • spoonlamp

      Aug 29th 2011, 11:04

      I think we're past the point of just about any film being beyond a re-make (not that Flatliners is hallowed ground). Even things you'd be genuinely mad to attempt a remake of have been done just under another name. How many versions of Jaws came out in the last 6 years? Hell, Conan is due for a rebirth and they even had the giant brass balls to not only re-make that great 80s tv series (2 seasons!) of a little known Marvel 'superhero' called Spiderman with a trilogy in 2002, but they're already remaking it AGAIN! I'm not even going to go into how many times they re-made that horror where all the teenagers get killed one by one...

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    • thethingandi

      Sep 1st 2011, 19:02

      @dalidab1982 "@thethingandi. Just f**k off & die & stop being a clever c**t." I think this proves my point.

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