Flat­lin­ers re­boot to be filmed at for­mer Oakville hos­pi­tal

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - DAVID LEA

OAKVILLE — Sony Pic­tures has been given the green light to film some scenes of its re­boot of the 1990 film “Flat­lin­ers” at the for­mer Oakville hos­pi­tal on Reynolds Street.

Oakville coun­cil voted Mon­day to ap­prove a li­cence agree­ment be­tween the town and Toronto pub­lic re­la­tions ser­vice Ar­caders Productions Ltd.

The agree­ment will give film­mak­ers ac­cess to the site at 327 Reynolds St., from Aug. 10-24, for film pro­duc­tion.

Town staff said only in­te­rior lo­ca­tions in the for­mer hos­pi­tal will be used in film­ing se­quences.

Niels Ar­den Oplev di­rects the sci-fi/hor­ror movie, which stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Do­brev, James Nor­ton, Kiersey Cle­mens and Kiefer Suther­land (who starred in the orig­i­nal “Flat­lin­ers”).

It is be­ing pro­duced by Laurence Mark and Michael Dou­glas. It is un­clear which ac­tors will be present for the Oakville scenes.

In the orig­i­nal film, med­i­cal stu­dents ex­per­i­mented with neardeath ex­pe­ri­ences in an ef­fort to learn about the af­ter­life, lead­ing to ter­ri­ble con­se­quences. The movie is ex­pected to hit movie theatres in Au­gust 2017.

The for­mer hos­pi­tal is sched­uled for de­mo­li­tion in early 2017, a process that is ex­pected to take eight to 12 months.

The town is look­ing at the lo­ca­tion as the po­ten­tial site of a com­mu­nity cen­tre, park and, pos­si­bly, hous­ing, although noth­ing has been de­cided.

When asked at the coun­cil meet­ing if the hos­pi­tal scenes would in­volve gun­fire, ex­plo­sions, fire or any other loud spe­cial ef­fects, eco­nomic-devel­op­ment di­rec­tor Dorothy St. Ge­orge said she wasn’t aware of any such plans.

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