'Sleeping With the Enemy' Helmer Boards 'The Stranger' Remake (Exclusive)

Joseph Ruben will direct the thriller.

Jack and Joseph Nasser of NGN Releasing are remaking the 1946 Orson Welles thriller The Stranger and have set Joseph Ruben to direct.

The original was directed by Welles, who also acted in the film. Edward G. Robinson starred as an agent of the War Crimes Commission on the hunt of one of the engineers of the Holocaust, now hiding out in Connecticut.

Newcomer Alanna Belak wrote the script for the remake, which will focus on reformed serial killer who has reinvented himself as a small-town professor but is visited by his former partner, who wants them to start killing together again.

The Nassers are exec producers on the Focus comedy For a Good Time, Call …, which stars Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor and is in theaters.

Ruben, repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content, is a vet of the thriller genre with credits including Sleeping With the Enemy, starring Julia Roberts, and The Forgotten, starring Julianne Moore.