Holy 90's horror remakes, Batman! FLATLINERS is set to return!

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We’ve had a lot to say about remakes over the last while here at The Movies, especially when some of our favourite films from the last few decades get manhandled by studios looking to make a quick buck. Well, for better or for worse, another classic is being reinvented but I have a suspicion that the bar has already been set to high.

For a 90’s horror film, Flatliners has quite an astoundingly great cast. Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt turned Flatliners into a visual treat of a film that could just as easily have fallen into obscurity were it not for the on-screen chemistry.

A bit of good news is that the director of the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev, is set to helm the remake. According to Themovies.com, Source Code writer Ben Ripley is set for scripting duties. With them behind the screen, I hope they manage to find a way to modernize the story without compromising what the story is really about…the characters.

I really don’t envy whichever person will have the job to cast a new set of doctors who will dabble in death to try and achieve enlightenment. Who do you think would be an ideal, young cast?

Last Updated: February 27, 2013

Lourens Corleone

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  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Damn, this is a hard one… I like the idea of having someone like Christian Bale as the leading character. I think he has the worn look down to an art (think The Machinist). As for the other case members, Olivier Wilde, she knows how to do doctor 🙂
    Not sure about the rest…

    • I think the post has it spot-on: chemistry had a lot to do with making the original work. If they choose someone like Bale, that is unlikely. He seems to be a tough guy to work with.

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Oh, I don’t doubt that. Accused of beating up mother and sister in hotel, swearing like a trooper at a light guy… But his depiction of desperate and willing to do anything in The Machinist was truly worth celebrating.

        • Hey, if that light guy did keep walking into the shot, he was asking for it!

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Christian Bale: KICK YOUR FUCKING ASS!

            Shane Hurlbut: Christian, Christian –

            Bale: I want you off the fucking set you prick!

            Shane: Christian, I’m sorry.

            Bale: No, don’t just be sorry, think for one fucking second. What the FUCK are you DOING ? Are you professional or not?

            Shane: Yes I am.

            Bale: Do I fucking walk around and rip down –

            Bruce Franklin: Christian, Christian –

            Bale: No, shut the fuck up Bruce! Do I want – no! No! Don’t shut me up.

            Franklin: I’m not shutting you up.

            Bale: Am I going to walk around and rip your fucking lights down, in
            the middle of a scene? Then why the fuck are you walking right
            through? Ah da da dah, like this in the background. What the fuck is
            it with you? What don’t you fucking understand?

            Shane: (inaudible)

            Bale: You got any fucking idea about, hey, it’s fucking distracting
            having somebody walking up behind Bryce in the middle of the fucking
            scene? Give me a fucking answer! What don’t you get about it?

            Shane: I was looking at the light.

            Bale: Ohhhhh, goooood for you. And how was it? I hope it was fucking good, because it’s useless now, isn’t it?

            Shane: Ok.

            Bale: Fuck-sake man, you’re amateur. McG, you got fucking something to say to this prick?

            McG: I didn’t see it happen.

            Bale: Well, somebody should be fucking watching and keeping an eye on him.

            McG: Fair enough.

            Bale: It’s the second time that he doesn’t give a FUCK about what is
            going on in front of the camera, alright? I’m trying to fucking do a
            scene here, and I am going “Why the fuck is Shane walking in there?
            What is he doing there?” Do you understand my mind is not in the scene
            if you’re doing that?

            Shane: I absolutely apologize. I’m sorry, I did not mean anything by it.

            Bale: Stay off the fucking set man. For fuck-sake. Alright, let’s go again.

            McG: Let’s just take a minute.

            Bale: Let’s not take a fucking minute, let’s go again. And have YOU fucking walking in! Can I have Tom put this on please.

            Franklin: Can I have Tom in wardrobe please? Can I have Tom in wardrobe?

            Bale: You’re unbelievable, you’re un-fucking-believable. Number of
            times you’re strolling-a-fucking around in the background. I’ve never
            had a DP behave like this. Ehhh…you don’t fucking understand what it’s
            like working with actors, that’s what that is.

            Shane: No, that’s –

            Bale: That’s what that is man, I’m telling you. I’m not asking, I’m telling you. You wouldn’t have done that otherwise.

            Shane: No, what it is, is looking at the light and making sure, that you are, ugh –


            Unknowns: Christian, Christian. It’s cool.

            Bale: I’m going to go…Do you want me to fucking go trash your
            lights? DO YOU WANT ME TO FUCKING TRASH YOUR? Then why are you trashing
            my scene?

            Shane: I’m not trying to trash your scene.

            Bale: You are trashing my scene!

            Shane: Christian, I was only –

            Bale: You do it one more fucking time and I ain’t walking on this
            set if you’re still hired. I’m fucking serious. You’re a nice guy.
            You’re a nice guy, but that don’t fucking cut it when you’re
            bullshitting and fucking around like this on set.

            McG: Alright, I know, let’s, let’s — (inaudible) –

            Bale: Yeah, you might get it. He doesn’t fucking get it.

            McG: I got it, I know. I get it. I get it. I know.

            Bale: You might. He. Does. Not. Get It.

            McG: We made good adjustments. For real, honestly. I get it. Just walk for five seconds.

            Bale: No, I don’t need any fucking walking. He needs to stop walking.

            McG: I get that –

            Bale: I ain’t the one walking. Let’s get Tom and put this back on
            and let’s go again. Seriously man, you and me, we’re fucking done
            professionally. Fucking ass.


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