The Flatliners Remake Is Actually a Sequel

Monday, 01 August 2016 - 10:34AM
Monday, 01 August 2016 - 10:34AM
The Flatliners Remake Is Actually a Sequel
The upcoming Flatliners movie has mostly been billed as a "reboot," but as it turns out, it will technically be a sequel. Kiefer Sutherland, who starred in the 1999 film, has just revealed that he is playing the same character, Nelson Wright.

We suspected that he might be reprising his role, since his description of the character always sounded like an older version of Nelson. But now he's confirmed that he's playing the same man, albeit with a different name:

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"I play a professor at the medical university," he told Metro News. "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."
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It's interesting that he claims it's never explicitly stated that he's the protagonist from the original film, which makes it sound like it could just be a glorified Easter Egg. But since he also says that it will be "very clearly understood," it sounds like it will be such an obvious connection that the film will technically serve as a sequel.
Sutherland starred in the 1999 Flatliners alongside Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, and Oliver Platt, but Sutherland is the only returning original cast member. Replacing them will be Ellen Page, The Flash's Kiersey Clemons, The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev, and Rogue One's Diego Luna.

Flatliners is slated for release on August 18, 2017.
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