Original ‘Dragon Tattoo’ director Niels Arden Oplev to remake 1990 horror film ‘Flatliners’

By Daniel S Levine,

Niels Arden Oplev, the director of the Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, has gone full Hollywood. With his Dead Man Down hitting theaters next week, the director has reportedly signed on to film a remake of Flatliners.

Bloody Disgusting first reported the news, confirming that the new version of the 1990 horror film will be written by Ben Ripley. Sony’s Columbia Pictures is producing.

The original Flatliners starred Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, and William Baldwin. It was written by Peter Filardi and directed by Joel Schumacher. The story focuses on medical students who try to learn if there is anything after death. Their experiments lead them to be confronted by the horrors of their actions.

Indiewire reports that Sony has been trying to get this project off the ground for years. Back in 2008, a TV series was even in the works, with Michael Douglas tapped to star. Ripley (Source Code) has been attached to the project since 2011.

Oplev recently directed Dead Man Down, which hits theaters on March 8. Since directing the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2009, he has done work for CBS, directing episodes of Poppy Montgomery’s Unforgettable and the pilot for Under the Dome. The latter project is set to air this summer.

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