‘Gone Girl’ Team Aims for Another Hit Thriller With ‘Strangers’

Source: 20th Century Fox
Source: 20th Century Fox

On the heels of their hugely successful Gone Girl adaptation, director David Fincher, author Gillian Flynn, and Ben Affleck are reteaming for another thriller. The three are reportedly set to work on a Warner Bros. remake of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train.

The original 1951 film, adapted from the Patricia Highsmith’s novel of the same name, starred Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, and Robert Walker, and chronicles the story of a young tennis player and a charming psychopath who randomly meet on a train. The two strangers, who both want to get rid of someone, hatch a plan to “exchange” murders in order to avoid getting caught. But things go awry when one of them begins to have second thoughts.

Per Deadline, the modern remake will be called Strangers. Fincher and Affleck are both already on board to direct and star respectively, while Flynn is reportedly still in talks to write the screenplay. The updated version will apparently take place on planes, instead of trains, and Affleck will play a variation of Granger’s original role. Instead of a tennis pro, the actor will portray a movie star in the middle of an Oscar campaign during awards season, who accepts a ride to Los Angeles on the plane of a wealthy stranger after his own private plane breaks down. Aside from starring in one of the lead roles, Affleck is also on board to produce via the production company he runs with Matt Damon, Pearl Street.

Remaking the Hitchcock classic is risky, but the idea has reportedly been floated around for awhile without ever making any real progress. With Fincher, Affleck, and Flynn now on board, the project could potentially mark a win for the studio, especially given the success the trio had with their first feature film. Gone Girl was both a critical and commercial hit for 20th Century Fox, grossing $350 million worldwide and earning multiple award nominations. Eager to bank off that momentum, Warner Bros. is reportedly hoping to put Strangers on the fast track to the big screen. We’ll have to stay tuned to see if Flynn, Fincher, and Affleck can once again make magic. In the meantime, all three have plenty to keep them busy.

For Affleck, Strangers means another project to squeeze into his already jam-packed filming schedule. Aside from starring in next year’s highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the actor is also directing and starring in the Dennis Lehane novel adaptation Live By Night before again reprising his Batman role in Justice League, which starts shooting in 2017. According to Deadline, the actor will reportedly film the Strangers remake in between the two latter projects.

As for Flynn and Fincher, the remake will actually mark their third collaborative effort. The author is also penning Fincher’s HBO version of the British TV show Utopia. The two have a long list of individual projects as well. Flynn has two more adaptations of her own works underway: The Dark Places movie, directed by French director Gilles Paquet-Brenner and starring Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult, and Chloe Grace Moretz is due for release at some point this year, and Sharp Objects, the TV miniseries which she is producing. Her first comic book story Masks is scheduled for release in February. Aside from Utopia, Fincher is also working on two other future series for HBO: Shakedown, a series about the seedy world of 1950s Los Angeles, and Living On Video, which examines the key players of the burgeoning music video industry in 1983 Los Angeles.

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