Fresh off the success of their teaming on "Gone Girl," director David Fincher, star Ben Affleck, and screenwriter Gillian Flynn are reportedly set to remake Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Strangers on a Train."
Deadline has the scoop that so far Fincher and Affleck are both on board for the reboot, and Flynn, who adapted her own novel for "Gone Girl," is in talks to pen the script. Affleck will also produce the flick, which is set up at Warner Bros.
The reboot, which will reportedly simply be called "Strangers," also has a pretty interesting plot, according to Deadline. Per the site:
Though the Hitchcock remake–a Warner Bros library title and an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel–will be its basis, this film will be contemporary and redefined for the times. This one might be best titled Strangers On A Plane, as Affleck will play a variation of the role played by Farley Granger of a tennis pro who is bored with his marriage and wants to get divorced, but instead gets entwined with a wealthy socialite psycho who proposes the notion of exchanging murders. The twist here is a compelling one. Affleck will play a movie star–in the middle of campaign for an Oscar during awards season–whose private plane breaks down and is given a ride to LA on another plane by a wealthy stranger. In Fincher's hands, who knows how that goes, but it sure does seem like fertile ground.
Sounds like juicy stuff. And with the proven team of Fincher, Affleck, and Flynn on board, it seems like a no-brainer that audiences will line up for the flick.
Stay tuned to see how this development shakes out.
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