Ben Ripley hired to pen remake of `Flatliners`

London: Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland`s 1990 medical thriller `Flatliners` is set for a remake, with the producers hiring `Source Code` writer Ben Ripley to pen the redo.

Columbia Pictures executives have commissioned Ripley to revamp the storyline for a planned remake, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original film revolved around a group of medical school students dabbling with death as they investigated myths about the afterlife.

The film also featured Kevin Bacon and was directed by Joel Schumacher.

Ripley penned the April release `Source Code` for Summit Entertainment and the film was a surprise hit, which grossed USD 123.3 million worldwide till date.