‘thE NEw iNtERPREtatioN haS to bE SCaRiER thaN thE oLD fiLM’
Niels ArDeN Oplev
he’s a great director,” shrugs Oplev. “In the theatre world, people do new interpretations over and over again. Why is it so controversial in film?”
Certainly Oplev’s relationship with Lisbeth Salander fed into his Flatliners, with Page’s character being the one to instigate the experiments. “I’m good with strong female characters,” he says. Indeed, his version has seen a gender switch-around. “One reason I said ‘yes’ was it was female driven – three girls, two guys,” he states. “In the old film, it was four guys, one girl.”
Opposite Page is Kiersey Clemons (Dope) and Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Brit actor James Norton (Happy Valley) and Rogue One’s Diego Luna. Oplev was also keen to turn their reprises his role of Dr. Nelson Wright in a cameo. “It’s an homage to the old film,” says Oplev, admitting the casting did “create confusion” as to what this Flatliners is. A sequel? A remake? “Well that’s a difficult question. Kiefer is in both films, so what does that make it?”
Despite Sutherland, this version is clearly a reboot. For Oplev, who previously directed the pilot of Mr. Robot, it was the chance to put his stamp on a Hollywood movie. “I think most of the projects studios make are not so dimensional,” he says. “But if I’m ever going to do a studio film, this would probably be it.”
ETA | 29 SEPTEMBER / FLATLINERS OPENS NEXT MONTH.