Seemingly having run out of recent things to reboot, Hollywood is again turning to the well of classic movies to retell with a modern flair. This time it will be Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train getting the modern makeover treatment, and it will involve Gone Girl’s star Ben Affleck and director David Fincher.
According to an exclusive report from Deadline, Gillian Flynn – the author adapted her own novel Gone Girl for the recent film – is in talks to write the script for the Strangers on a Train adaptation. It will be produced by Ben Affleck under the Warners Bros.-based company Pearl Street, which he runs with his frequent co-star Matt Damon. As with most modern retellings, the original name will shortened simply to Strangers to not confuse our feeble minds with too many words – and not to be confused with the 2008 horror film The Strangers.
Hitchcock’s classic film was based on a novel by the same name released in 1950, and told the story of a famous tennis player and a strange woman he meets on a train who decide they want to “trade murders” as it were. This new reboot will essentially tell the same story reportedly, but it will be fitted to modern times.
David Fincher seems content to keeping up his trend of page-turning book adaptations, which to his credit have been mostly successful. Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl were all based off of books in some capacity and were received with mostly critical success. He is also working on the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, titled The Girl Who Played with Fire which has yet to receive a release date.
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