Deadline reports that Ben Affleck and David Fincher are working on a Warner Bros. remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 classic “Strangers on a Train,” with “Gone Girl” author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn in talks to pen the script.
Dubbed “Strangers,” this twisty new version features Affleck in the role originally played by Farley Granger of a tennis pro who gets entangled in a double-murder plot by a psychotic socialite. But this time — and how cool is this? — Affleck will play a movie star in the middle of an Oscar campaign “whose plane breaks down and is given a ride to LA on another plane by a wealthy stranger,” per Deadline.
Produced by Affleck under Pearl Street, the Warner Bros. arm he runs alongside Matt Damon, the contemporary-set film will use Hitchcock’s take as an inspiration but will officially be based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, the original source material for the B&W thriller.
Affleck, Fincher and Flynn’s Oscar contender “Gone Girl” netted $350 million worldwide on a $60 million budget, and this sounds like yet another fruitful melding of the minds. Affleck will shoot “Strangers” between directing and starring in his Dennis Lehane adaptation “Live By Night” this Spring. While Fincher and Flynn get to work on their thriller series “Utopia,” which HBO gave a straight-to-series order, Affleck will next be seen in “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”