Ellen Page in Talks to Star in ‘Flatliners’ Remake (EXCLUSIVE)

Ellen Page Flatliners
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Ellen Page is in talks to star in a reboot of the 1990 sci-fi thriller “Flatliners” for Sony.

Niels Arden Oplev, director of the original Swedish “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” is on board to helm from a screenplay by Ben Ripley. Michael Douglas along with Laurence Mark are producing.

The original, which was toplined by Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon, revolves around a group of medical students who journey into the afterworld to find meaning in their own lives before being resuscitated in the nick of time. As expected, the experiments soon go awry.

Page has been busy promoting her drama “Freeheld,” which opened in limited release last weekend, in which she stars opposite Julianne Moore and Steve Carell. Page also produced the gay rights drama. Her movie “Into the Forest,” co-starring Evan Rachel Wood, also recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by A24.

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  1. George says:

    Thanks for the warning. This is assuredly be a movie I skip.

  2. Nigel says:

    Sony SUCKS!

  3. harry georgatos says:

    This should be on the level of INCEPTION set in the supernatural world. If it ain’t that good I won’t be watching it. The original is somewhat outdated with a simple plot at the time. Needs to be really challenging and with this new director I’m somewhat optimistic.

  4. cadavra says:

    Sony assures us that, unlike the original, this version will actually be good.

  5. spike says:

    HOW’S A VAPID ACTRESS GONNA DO ANYTHING PROFOUND WITH THIS ROLE, AS JULIA DID 20-ODD YEARS AGO? FORGET IT. BAD CASTING. THAT’S CASTING TO THE AUDIENCE WHICH IS BULLS–T AND NEVER WORKS WELL.

    • DorothyParkerlite says:

      Wait, you’re saying Roberts actually made this role profound? Page is a way better actress than she was at the same age and having this director on board gives me hope they will take a different route to make it worth the watch. That is, until they decide to remake his film in two years. Again. Maybe the proper English grammar won’t be clear enough or there won’t be enough hand-held camera shaking.

      • Patrick Juvet says:

        Anyone who uses the words ‘way better’ should not be making statements on proper English grammar.

      • Jasmine Kelland (@JazzedKO) says:

        Neither is Julia Roberts associated with anything profound, nor did the role warrant any depth. It was pure window dressing. Kiefer Sutherland’s role was the meaty one.

  6. Freddy says:

    Not surprise, it’s from Sony the king of shitty cash grab remakes. They’re so desperate at this point it’s not even funny.

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