Last month Sony announced the release date and a new cast member for the upcoming Flatliners film. That new cast member, the original film’s Kiefer Sutherland. Up till now, the film has been labeled a remake. Well, Sutherland has cleared that up, according to him it’s actually a sequel. He also revealed a few details about his character.
I play a professor at the medical university. It is never stated but it will 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.” Sutherland told the UK site Metro.
In the original 1990 film Sutherland played the role of Nelson. He co-stared alongside Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt in Joel Schumacher’s supernatural thriller about a group of medical students who put their training to the test. Each one of the friends take their turn dying, briefly, to see what is on the other side, only to have their pasts come back to haunt them when they are resuscitated.
He will join Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Kiersey Clemens and James Norton in the sequel, directed Neils Arden Oplev (Mr. Robot) based on the script penned by Ben Ripley (Source Code). Laurence Mark and Michael Douglas will be producing. Filming for Flatliners is slated to begin this July.