Fans of Joel Schumacher’s ‘Flatliners‘ might be dissapointed to learn that the film is still being rebooted but Sony did make one good decision by casting Ellen Page (‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘,’Inception‘) in the starring role. I’m not sure if celebrating the 25th anniversary of this classic film by rebooting it is the way to go but they could have done much worse casting wise. At this time we know that she’ll be directed by Niels Arden Oplev (‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’,’Dead Man Down’) and work off of a script by Ben Ripley (‘Source Code‘,’Species: The Awakening’).
With the original film’s cast including Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon the studio has to be working overtime to fill such big shoes. Page has established quite a name for herself it is most likely that she’ll be taking over the female lead which Julia Roberts portrayed in the original unless we see the film having some gender switching roles.
While I am happy to see Page getting another starring role I’m not quite sure how I feel about it being in a reboot of a film that quite frankly didn’t call for one. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed ‘Flatliners’ but just don’t feel that there is a need to rehash the story.
What are your thoughts on Page starring in the ‘Flatliners’ remake? Do you think they’ll have a solid idea to make rebooting the film justifiable or is this a waste of time? Share your thoughts below!
Original Film Synopsis:
At University Hospital School of Medicine, a group of ambitious medical students are about to die… and live to tell about it. Embarking on a daring and arrogant experiment, the five aim to push through the confines of life and touch the face of death. Nelson Wright (Kiefer Sutherland), the manipulative, fame-seeking initiator of the project, has recruited Rachel Mannus (Julia Roberts), a self-made expert in the field of death; David Labraccio (Kevin Bacon), an idealistic yet pragmatic student suspended from med school; ladies’ man Joe Hurley (William Baldwin); and the brilliant yet self-absorbed Randy Steckle (Oliver Platt) to venture into a frontier that until now had been the exclusive province of religion and philosophy.