David Fincher, Ben Affleck & Gillian Flynn Reteam for 'Strangers'
After delivering the critically acclaimed and box office success that was Gone Girl, director David Fincher, star Ben Affleck and writer Gillian Flynn are looking to reteam on another project, and it's probably going to raise some eyebrows. Deadline reports the trio are in talks to board a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Strangers on a Train, with the title simplified to just Strangers. However, this time, the setting will be changed a bit, because the thriller will actually unfold on a private plane. So yes, we might as well just call this flick Strangers on a Plane, but we don't want Snakes on a Plane to get upset. Read on!
The original Hitchcock film followed a tennis pro who is bored with his marriage and is looking to get divorced, but instead he gets entwined with a wealthy socialite psycho who proposes the notion of doing a murderous favor for each other. But in this remake, Affleck will play a movie star in the middle of a campaign for an Oscar during awards season, and when his private plane breaks down, he gets a ride to Los Angeles from a wealthy stranger on another plane. That sounds like it could be hokey, but with David Fincher at the helm, I'm fully onboard with the premise.
After seeing what Fincher can do with the trashy sort of tale at the heart of Gone Girl, I'm pretty much confident that he can do anything, even if that means remaking a classic. After all, this remake has been kicking around Warner Bros. for awhile now, and now that it has this kind of talent on the page, behind the camera and on the screen, it sounds all the more appealing. The studio is looking to fastrack the project, and Affleck is arranging his schedule to shoot Strangers between his work as the director and star of Live by Night this year and a return to the comic book world in Justice League, which shoots in 2016. That likely means we'll see the film arrive in 2016, so stay tuned to see if it all works out.