We already know that at least one of the key cast members from the original 1990 hit thriller “Flatliners” is coming back for Sony Pictures’ upcoming remake – Kiefer Sutherland.
Today Sutherland has confirmed a suspected theory – that the film is not a remake but rather a sequel with him playing the same character of Nelson Wright. Speaking with Metro, he explained how the movie isn’t so quick to reveal itself as taking place in the same universe as the original:
“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… I loved making the first film and when I was asked if I would be interested in taking part in this, it didn’t take more than a minute to say yes.”
Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Julia Roberts and Oliver Platt also starred in the Joel Schumacher-directed original. The new film’s story revolves around a group of medical students led by Nelson who decide to carry out dangerous experiments to see how close they can come to the afterlife. This results in some very terrifying experiences for all involved.
James Norton, Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page and Kiersey Clemons star as the new batch of students in the project which begins shooting this Summer ahead of an August 2017 release.