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There’s a Gone Girl reunion brewing, with director David Fincher, screenwriter Gillian Flynn and actor Ben Affleck teaming up for a remake of the 1951 Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
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 dark and twisted story seems an ideal match for Fincher and Flynn, who adapted her own novel Gone Girl for the big screen. The duo is also working on HBO drama Utopia together.
Flynn recently told THR of her collaboration 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.” Gone Girl was a critical and box-office hit, and has earned $365.3 million worldwide.
Affleck, who starred in Gone Girl opposite Rosamund Pike, will portray the Dark Knight in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and is attached to direct and star in Live By Night and star in The Accountant. He’s repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.
Jon Berg is overseeing Strangers for Warner Bros.
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