Ben Affleck, David Fincher and Gillian Flynn must have really enjoyed working together on Gone Girl (and making $365 million worldwide) because it’s being reported that they’re teaming up again to do a remake of the Hitchcock classic, Strangers on a Train. Affleck will star in the film and produce as well via his Warner Bros.-based banner, Pearl Street Films. Flynn is in talks to pen the script based on the 1951 release, but it will be a contemporary retelling.
Hit the jump for more on Affleck, Fincher and Flynn’s Strangers on a Train remake, which is simply titled Strangers.
The original film centered on Guy Haines (Farley Granger), a tennis pro who grows tired of his marriage. However, before he can just get a divorce, Guy bumps into a man on a train who offers to kill his wife if he will kill the man’s father in return. According to Deadline, this time around, the lead character (Affleck) is a movie star who’s in the midst of an Oscar campaign. (Something like Affleck’s campaign for Argo perhaps?) When his private plane breaks down, he hitches a ride back to Tinseltown with a wealthy stranger. That’s where the Deadline description leaves us, but I’d imagine they’ll discuss striking some sort of twisted bargain while en route.
Affleck’s a pretty busy guy right now, but apparently he’s going to make room to shoot Strangers in between shooting the adaptation of Live By Night and the Justice League movie. If things pan out, maybe that means we’ll see Strangers at some point in 2016.
Here’s the trailer for the original Strangers on a Train: