Ben Affleck and David Fincher look to be burning the candle at both ends. The actor is in the midst of donning the cape and cowl as Batman for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and he’s prepping his next big-screen directing gig, Live By Night (based on the Dennis Lehane novel). As for Fincher, he plans to direct all the episodes of the upcoming HBO series Utopia, which will be penned by Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn.
But now it seems that all three will converge on a project that has been gaining traction at Warner Brothers: a remake of Alfred Hitchock’s Strangers on a Train. Shortened to Strangers, the film will be a contemporary re-tellilng of Hitchcock’s film, which was based off the novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley).
According to Deadline, the updated story will see Affleck not as a tennis pro but as a “movie star–in the middle of a 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.”
Gone Girl was a solid thriller with a star-making turn by Rosamund Pike. The talents of Affleck, Fincher and Flynn warrants attention, so it will be interesting to see what other diversions will be made to the story. Perhaps the strangers be male and female instead of two men?
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