'Good Son' Director to Remake Orson Welles' Thriller 'The Stranger'

October 2, 2012
Source: Heat Vision

The Stranger

Most remakes in recent memory haven't been reaching very far back in time, and most seem to come from the 80s for now. However, a new remake has just been revealed and this one grabs a film from 1946. Heat Vision has word that director Joseph Ruben (behind films like The Good Son, The Forgotten and Sleeping with the Enemy) has been set to direct a remake of Orson Welles' thriller The Stranger. But while Welles also starred in his own film, Ruben will only direct the remake of the film following an agent of the War Crimes Commission on the hunt of one of the engineers of the Holocaust, now hiding out in Connecticut.

If you're interested, you can watch all of Orson Welles' original The Stranger right here:

Fresh screenwriter Alanna Belak wrote the script, and this time the story follows a reformed serial killer who has reinvented himself as a small-town professor but is visited by his former partner, who wants them to start killing together again. It doesn't really sound like much of a remake, so I don't know why the film just doesn't stand on its own two legs, but maybe there's more to the story than we're being told. Ruben crafted a solid thriller with The Good Son back in the 90s, along with Sleeping with the Enemy, but The Forgotten in 2004 wasn't exactly a winner. The filmmaker just finished shooting Penthouse North with Michelle Monaghan and Michael Keaton, so we'll see how that turns out and keep an eye on this remake.

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The two stories you just described sound nothing alike so I don't understand why this is being called a remake. Anyone see the 1946 film this is supposedly based on?

Matt Peloquin on Oct 2, 2012


Interestingly I just watched The Stranger about two weeks ago and it is definently one of Welles` best work both as a director and actor (the performance is something else) while also being one of the most accessible of his work. The final showdown and how it concludes is breathtakingly wacky and intense. So see that movie for sure. The connection between the original and this new "remake" seems non existent and only drawn to gain more publicity (and it seems to work), I can think of no other reason.

Duck44 on Oct 2, 2012


this does NOT sound like a remake. also - is it me, or am i the only one questioning the plotline of this new movie.....i mean, it's hard to think of many (or ANY) serial killers that work with a partner.

beevis on Oct 2, 2012

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