With a box office draw of $365 million worldwide, and a rating of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s fair to say that both critics and audiences loved David Fincher’s last film Gone Girl. The novel was adapted into a screenplay for the film by the author of the original book. As Ben Affleck’s first role since being cast as Batman in the upcoming Batman V Superman film, it did a lot to rekindle confidence in his acting ability. We may be in luck, as it turns out the three will in fact be working together in the near future – but not on a Gone Girl sequel, as previously rumored. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trio will instead be hard at work on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, Strangers On A Train.
“The project, under the working title Strangers, would see Affleck star as a character similar to Farley Granger’s tennis star who meets a charming psychopath. Fincher’s version would be a more modern take on the story.
“The 1951 film was an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, and starred Granger, Ruth Roman and Robert Walker.”
The original film’s synopsis from IMDB is as follows. “A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder…a theory that he plans to implement.”
With Fincher’s hard-edged work on films like Zodiac and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, along with his action thriller background in the film Panic Room, this really seems like a perfect match for him. Also considering Gillian Flynn’s stellar adaptation of her own book, adapting something like Strangers On A Train seems to be right in her wheelhouse.
And if history is any indication, Flynn and Fincher had a fantastic time working together on Gone Girl. In an earlier interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Flynn talked about her pleasant experience with Fincher.
“I think we both enjoy pushing the envelope a little bit. We like to tiptoe up to the line of acceptability and then maybe drift over it a little bit.”
While the trio seems like the perfect fit for such a project, the folks over at Cinema Blend question when the film could possibly be made.
“David Fincher and Gillian Flynn are currently collaborating on the new HBO series Utopia, and Ben Affleck’s card is as busy as its ever been – what with him being the new Batman and also working to further his career as a director.”
We’ll have to wait and see how this all develops, if at all. Would you like to see Fincher, Flynn, and Affleck collaborate on a Strangers On A Train Remake? Let us know below!