August 26, 2011 12:24pm PT by Borys Kit, Pamela McClintock
'Flatliners' Revived By Columbia Pictures With 'Source Code' Writer on Board to Script (Exclusive)
Columbia Pictures is bringing Flatliners back to life.
The studio is remaking the 1990 drama, which featured a slew of young rising stars including Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland and was directed by Joel Schumacher, and has tapped Source Code writer Ben Ripley to pen the screenplay.
Laurence Mark, a veteran producer whose recent credits include Julie & Julia and The Lookout, is producing the redo. Further Films, who produced the original, will also be involved.
The 1990 movie, written by Peter Filardi, centered on a group of medical students who bring subject themselves to near-death experiences in order to see if anything lies beyond the big sleep. The members of the group then are revisited by physical manifestations of childhood sins are not sure if what they are facing is real or hallucination.
Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, and Oliver Platt were also in the movie.
In addition to Source Code, the twisty sci-fi thriller which starred jake Gyllenhaal, Ripley also wrote a couple of direct-to-video Species flicks. He is repped by Gersh and Mosaic.