Sony Pictures has announced that Kiefer Sutherland (24) has joined the cast of their upcoming Flatliners remake. Sutherland also starred in 1990 original alongside Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon. According to Deadline, Sutherland will play a “seasoned doctor” in the redo, with an updated cast that includes Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna, James Norton and Kiersey Clemens.
The Flatliners remake is directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and is based on a screenplay by Ben Ripley (Source Code). A release date has not yet been announced.
Original Flatliners(1990) plot 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.
Their chilling, secret experiment to see what lies beyond life involves taking turns stopping their hearts until the monitors reading their vital signs indicate nothing but flat lines. Moments later, the other team members, armed with an array of medical equipment, step in to revive them. In their search for knowledge, however, the five discover the profound consequences of daring to tamper with immortality. Returning from their peek at the afterlife, the students bring back manifestations of their past sins, something they had not bargained for. Forced to deal with their previous transgressions here in the present, the participants learn about life as well as death.
Check out the trailer for the original Flatliners below!