Director Niels Arden Oplev and Screenwriter J.H. Wyman Talk DEAD MAN DOWN, the Revenge Genre, UNDER THE DOME, the FLATLINERS Remake, and More

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From acclaimed Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and screenwriter J.H. Wyman (Fringe), the crime drama Dead Man Down tells the story of two strangers who are bound together by their mutual obsession with revenge.  Victor (Colin Farrell) is a mysterious man who has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse (Terrence Howard) for his own very definite reasons, while his neighbor Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) wants Victor’s help to carry out her own plans for retribution.

At the film’s press day, director Niels Arden Oplev and writer/producer J.H. Wyman talked about what this film brings to the revenge genre, never wanting to talk down to an audience, assembling such a talented cast, and using Google Earth for location scouting.  Oplev also talked about what made him want to direct the pilot for the CBS adaptation of Stephen King’s Under the Dome and why the Flatliners remake appealed to him, while Wyman talked about what inspired the futuristic cop drama that he’s doing for Fox with J.J. Abrams.   Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Director Niels Arden Oplev Talks FLATLINERS Remake and Directing the Pilot for UNDER THE DOME

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The conveniently-timed recent announcement that director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) would be helming a remake of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller Flatliners (that originally starred Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Platt and Billy Baldwin) meant that we could get an update directly from him while at the press day to talk about his next theatrical release, Dead Man Down.

While we will run what he had to say about that film closer to its March 8th release date, we did want to share what he had to say about his involvement with the Flatliners remake, why he’s intrigued by the project, and what made him want to direct the pilot for the CBS adaptation of the Stephen King novel, Under the Dome, about an invisible force field descends upon a small town in the northeastern part of the United States.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

DRAGON TATTOO Director Niels Arden Oplev to Helm FLATLINERS Remake

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The Flatliners remake may have found a director.  Back in August of 2011, Sony Pictures tapped Source Code scribe Ben Ripley to pen the screenplay for a remake of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller Flatliners, and now Bloody Disgusting reports that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev is attached to take the helm.  The original flick stars a very young Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Platt, and Billy Baldwin and tells the story of a group of medical students who willingly induce clinical death in order to find out if there’s anything on the other side.

Oplev makes his English-language directing debut next month with the thriller Dead Man Down starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, and he’ll also be helming the pilot for CBS’ TV series adaptation of the Stephen King novel Under the Dome.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer for Schumacher’s Flatliners.

Sony Sets SOURCE CODE Scribe to Write FLATLINERS Remake

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As confirmation that anything and everything is getting a remake, Sony has tapped a scribe to start work on a contemporary update of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller Flatliners. Heat Vision reports that Ben Ripley, who most recently scripted Duncan Jones’ sci-fi surprise hit Source Code, will pen the screenplay. The original flick tells the story of a group of medical students who willingly induce clinical death in order to find out if there’s anything on the other side. The super 90’s cast includes Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Billy Baldwin and Oliver Platt.

The original film isn’t really anything special, but it’s endearing in a silly 90’s sci-fi sort of way. I really enjoyed Source Code, so maybe Ripley can bring something new to the table. Laurence Mark (Julie and Julia) is set to produce.

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