The 1990 film Flatliners starred Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, and Kiefer Sutherland in a science fiction/horror combo in which a group of medical students explore the boundary between life and death. The new sequel is directed by Niels Arden Oplev (the Swedish Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and an episode of Mr. Robot).
As this Flatliners trailer shows, this one is much the same — but it's a sequel, not a reboot. While Roberts and Bacon won't be in the new film, Kiefer Sutherland will. He told Metro UK last year:
"I play a professor at the medical university. It is never stated but it will probably be very clearly understood that I'm the same character I was in the original Flatliners but that I have changed my name and I've done some things to move on from the experiments that we were doing in the original film."
The film also features Ellen Page and Diego Luna with a script by Ben Ripley (Source Code). The film hits theaters on September 29th. Check out the Flatliners trailer below:
In Flatliners, five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.