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Perhaps I’m at that moment just before the brink of death, when my mind is expanding and allowing all forms of thought to come in attacking, and I’ll soon be shocked with defibrillator paddles and brought back to the realm of the conscious, where I’ll find that all these remakes and reboots plaguing cinema will have all just been visions due to a lack of oxygen in the head. Alas, this isn’t that.

Bloody Disgusting reports the latest film to get laid out on the cinematic operating table is Joel Schumacher’s 1990 supernatural horror Flatliners, which has attracted the talent of Swedish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). Remaking anything Schumacher did probably means equal if not better results, particularly with this dark and unsettling storyline that often swooned into hammy melodrama. Oplev will be working from a script written by Ben Ripley, who is much more famous for his Source Code screenplay than those of the latter two Species sequels.

The original film followed medical students played by Keifer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon, all of whom are overly interested in seeing what happens during the afterlife, so they set up a series of near-death experiences that leaves each of them haunted by the sins of their past. Hopefully many of the details get a massive overhaul for this retread, but that the central thriller hook of “Is it real or a hallucination?” sticks around to keep things interesting.

Oplev has been busy with directing the upcoming pilot for the Stephen King's Under the Dome adaptation for CBS, as well as his Colin Farrell/Noomi Rapace-starring crime drama Dead Man Down which opens wide next week. I have no doubt Oplev has a dark enough sensibility to carry the Flatliners material, but I just wonder if there aren’t twelve other things he’d be better suited for in the immediate future.

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