Flatliners has gotten a second stateside trailer and new poster. You haven’t lived until you’ve died. That tagline has been a constant throughout all the marketing for Sony’s soon-to-arrive Flatliners, which is being promoted like a remake, but is actually a loose sequel. It remains to be seen how he will figure into the new version, but original Flatliners star Kiefer Sutherland has long-since confirmed that he’ll be returning to play his old character, Nelson Wright, in the film.
For those unfamiliar, Flatliners – much like the original movie – concerns a group of five risk-taking medical students that decide to start experimenting on themselves, in an attempt to see whether there really is anything waiting for mankind after death. How they try to accomplish this is simple, yet insanely dangerous. The five take turns rendering themselves clinically dead, only for each person to be revived by the others before permanent damage can be sustained. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop something supernatural from following them back from the other side.
PopSugar premiered the latest trailer for Flatliners (see above), which seems to be putting a lot more emphasis on breathy sex appeal than previous Flatliners trailers and clips have. Well, as they say, sex sells. The underlying message remains the same though: no matter how fun or interesting it might sound, punching one’s own round-trip ticket to the afterlife is really not a good idea, at all. There’s also a new poster for the film, which you can check out below:
Taking over for the star-studded original Flatliners quintet of Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Oliver Platt, Billy Baldwin, and Kevin Bacon are Ellen Page as Courtney, Diego Luna as Ray, Nina Dobrev as Marlo, James Norton as Jamie, and Kiersey Clemons as Sophia. Courtney seems to be the Nelson of this group, serving as the driving force behind the experiment. Ray is the cautious one who wants things to stop, and the other three just want the rush to continue, at least at first.
It’ll be interesting to see how Flatliners does at the box office, as the original movie was only a modest hit back in 1990, before gaining a cult over the years thereafter. Plus, Flatliners also runs the risk of being overshadowed by this month’s other big horror release, IT, which may very well still be hanging around near the top of the charts by the time that Flatliners arrives.
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