Normally when you hear about someone remaking a classic film (or one you personally love), it’s tough to be excited about it. This time around, however, I feel incredibly intrigued and eager. It’s an odd feeling to have about a remake, especially considering it’s for a great Alfred Hitchcock movie, but such is the case. Deadline broke the news that the Gone Girl team including director David Fincher, screenwriter Gillian Flynn, and Ben Affleck are working to make this remake happen.
Gillian Flynn is technically just “in talks” right now to pen the script, but this could be something really special. Strangers on a Train was an interesting and twisted idea in which two men meet (on a train) and decide to help each other out by murdering someone for the other person. It remains a classic thriller, but of course this new version will be modernized, and is reportedly simply called 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.
Sounds like a great take on the concept to me, and considering the people involved, I can say I’m ready to see this movie now. When this is going to happen is kind of up in the air as scheduling is sure to be an issue. Ben Affleck has Live by Night to direct/star in as well as his commitments to Warner Bros. for the upcoming Justice League movies. He’s going to be a very busy man. Hopefully he’ll be able to squeeze Strangers in there.
What do you guys think about this news? Are you willing to give this remake a chance?