January 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm #173247
EXCLUSIVE: Ben Affleck and David Fincher will re-team on a Warner Bros remake of the Hitchcock classic thriller Strangers On A Train. Gillian Flynn, who adapted her novel Gone Girl for Fincher and Affleck, is in talks to write the script. The film will be produced by Affleck under Pearl Street, the Warner Bros-based banner he runs with Matt Damon. WB’s Jon Berg is overseeing. They are calling it Strangers.
Though the Hitchcock remake–a Warner Bros library title and an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel–will be its basis, this film will be contemporary and redefined for the times. This one might be best titled Strangers On A Plane, as Affleck will play a variation of the role played by Farley Granger of a tennis pro who is bored with his marriage and wants to get divorced, but instead gets entwined with a wealthy socialite psycho who proposes the notion of exchanging murders. The twist here is a compelling one. Affleck will play 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. In Fincher’s hands, who knows how that goes, but it sure does seem like fertile ground.
The idea of a remake has been kicking around for some time, with Arnold Kopelson at one point attempting it but never getting it off the ground. This is an important get for Warner Bros, and top brass is high on the project: Affleck, Fincher and Flynn’s Gone Girl was a lucrative one for Fox and New Regency, grossing $350 million worldwide on a $60 million budget.
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There is every need. The core concept of Highsmith’s novel had to be changed, because the movie…
Have you read Highsmith’s original novel? It’s NOTHING like Hitchcock’s film. There is plenty of room in…
What happens to the original film if this remake gets made?
The project will follow the track of an express train, despite Affleck’s busy schedule. He is clearing space to shootStrangers between directing and starring in the Dennis Lehane novel adaptation Live By Night in the spring, and starring in Justice League in 2016. Fincher has his own projects at HBO that will keep him busy in the interim. Affleck will next be seen inJanuary 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm #173250
Oh geez, I actually don’t think it will be as bad as I’m imagining, but my imagination is going to a very bad place with this news. I LOVE the original, but this worries me.January 13, 2015 at 1:01 pm #173251
I love Fincher, but for the love of god, why the fvck why?January 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm #173252
It’s one of my most favorite Hitchcock films, but let’s be honest–Farley Granger and Ruth Roman are both pretty bad in the original. The film has gained legendary status because of Hitch’s endless inventiveness and Robert Walker’s brilliant Bruno Anthony (and as strengths go, both are considerable). But Affleck turned in his best performance in ages under Fincher so who knows? If the production puts enough distance between themselves and Hitch, they might have a decent shot of making a quality film in its own right. But therein lies the challege–while I liked Fincher’s DRAGON TATTOO remake, it was still so close to the original that comparisons were inevitable. He really can’t afford that with this film. Let’s see where they take this (Flynn’s participation hopefully means there are stronger female characters than in the original, too–another promising possibility).January 13, 2015 at 2:03 pm #173253
I would rather they remake “Throw Mama From the Train.”January 13, 2015 at 2:17 pm #173254
Normally I´d HATE this news. Why would anyone attempt a Hitchcock film is beyond me.
HOWEVER, the only person I would ever fully trust to do this is David Fincher. And his collaborations with Flynn was amazing, so I´m onboard and excited.
I dont like the plot change, but there is no way this doesn´t work with this team.January 13, 2015 at 4:52 pm #173255
With most other writer/directors, this would have disaster written all over it. Would be really interesting if they got Damon for the other lead.January 13, 2015 at 4:59 pm #173256
This sounds like the worst idea since Gus Van Sant decided to remake Psycho.January 13, 2015 at 5:13 pm #173257
I don’t want this to happen but with Fincher/Flynn on board, i’m up for itJanuary 13, 2015 at 5:45 pm #173258
put me on the oh god why runnaway train