The main reason Hollywood loves to remake movies is name recognition. If they remake a movie that was already popular, they hope you’ve heard of it and will turn out. But sometimes, they remake movies that aren’t as recognizable. Movies like Flatliners.

Variety reports Ellen Page is circling a Flatliners remake at Sony, with original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev, directing.

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Released in 1990 the original starred Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon in supernatural thriller about medical students who kill themselves then bring each other back to life. It was a modest hit, opening at #1 at the box office and eventually grossing about $60 million.

Since then, Flatliners has enjoyed mostly cult status as a small, but effective horror film. It’s the kind of movie that comes up in conversation occasionally, but doesn’t have a massive fan base or anything like that. Which is why, remaking it may at first seem odd. But that’s what’s happening.

Since Flatliners isn’t some marquee franchise, that means it falls into another category. It’s a movie that’s just old enough the company feels the super smart, high-concept idea will be fresh and unrecognizable to most people. And to the rest of us, we’ll just feel old.

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[Variety]


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