A trailer for the upcoming Flatliners remake will be released online soon. The original 1990 film starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt as a group of daring medical students undertaking experiments on near death experiences. These experiments, which involve killing and resuscitating each other, ultimately unlock supernatural forces which begin menacing them in real life. Directed by Joel Schumacher, the film mainly attracted audiences due to the presence of Julia Roberts who was a rising mega-star at the time, having just burst on the scene with Pretty Woman.
In 2016, Sony confirmed that it was remaking Flatliners with an eye toward a fall 2017 release. Kiefer Sutherland jumped aboard the project, the only star from the original film to do so, and later confirmed that the new movie will be a sequel and he will be reprising his original role.
With Flatliners set for a September 29th, 2017 release, Sony is now getting ready to push the film. The website Trailer Track confirms that the first trailer has received a rating from the British Board of Film Classification and has that trailer listed as coming soon. The actual date for the trailer release is still not known but Sony at least is beginning to inject the movie into the public consciousness on social media as evidenced by this tweet with the film's release date:
Flatliners, only in theaters September 29. pic.twitter.com/fszWJum3rX
— Flatliners (@FlatlinersMovie) June 9, 2017
Trailer Track says it's gotten a "surprising amount" of questions about a trailer for Flatliners, which would seem to bode well for the level of public interest in the film. The original film is a stylish supernatural horror movie thanks to Joel Schumacher, who also directed the well-remembered vampire film The Lost Boys, but at the time reviewers were generally disappointed in the movie's pay-off. Audiences did respond well to the film, largely thanks to its cast of appealing young actors, and it did a healthy $61 million at the domestic box office.
Depending on what Sony's ambitions for Flatliners are, the movie could be a decent gamble as a fall horror movie. The film's premise is intriguing and with the right kind of atmospheric direction and solid performances from its good cast, the movie could work as more than mere nostalgia-mining. The film is not necessarily that prominent as a pop culture artifact anyway, which gives Sony license to do pretty much whatever it wants with the material without fear of angering some vocal group of Flatliners devotees.
Flatliners stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Charlotte McKinney and Nina Dobrev alongside Kiefer Sutherland and is directed by Niels Arden Oplev who did the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Source: Trailer Track
- Flatliners (2017) release date: Sep 29, 2017