Ben Affleck and David Fincher Reteam for ‘Strangers on a Train’ Reboot

Ben Affleck and David Fincher Reteam

Following the success of “Gone Girl,” David Fincher and Ben Affleck are reteaming for a new take on another classic story.

Warner Bros. has tapped Affleck to star and Fincher to direct “Strangers,” a new take on the classic Alfred Hitchcock pic “Strangers on a Train.”

“Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn will pen the script that follows a movie star in the middle of an Oscar campaign whose private plane breaks down and is given a ride to L.A. on another plane by a wealthy stranger. In the original, the plot revolved around two strangers meeting on a train and discussing the idea of exchanging murders — an idea one of the strangers decides to carry out.

While how exact details will go with this plot are unknown, it’s likely to achieve the same dark tones as the 1951 original, which starred Farley Granger and Robert Walker.

Jon Berg will oversee.

Affleck is currently filming “The Accountant” for Warner Bros. with plans to star and direct the adaptation of the Dennis Lehane book “Live by Night” right after filming “The Accountant.” Fincher is about to go into production on the HBO series “Utopia.”

Affleck is repped by WME. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. LMAO says:

    Because the remake of PSYCHO with digital flying cows was so successful. LOL. And with one of Hollywood’s worst actors? And this of course would be submitted in the comedy genre at next year’s Golden Globes, right? LMAO.

  2. NormandyWells says:

    how is average actor Affleck getting so much work???

  3. Mickey AuGrec says:

    Might have mentioned that there’s a suspense novel on which Hitchcock’s original is based, by mid-20th Century great Patricia Highsmith (anyone heard o’ “The Talented Mr. Ripley’?). On 2d thought, this turkey promises to trot aground faster than the ‘plane breaks down’… best to keep Trish’ name OUT of it!

  4. Bill B. says:

    Very interesting endeavor. I look forward to it, but I agree with stevenkovacs. Where is that second Dragon movie? Much to my surprise, I thought the first was pretty awesome and I liked it better than the original. Based on that remake, I sincerely doubt that Fincher is going to have problem with this. It’s interesting material and the original is a bit dated at this point in time, but will still be around for its fans & to those who think it is sacrilegious to remake this, it doesn’t affect the original’s value or importance as its own film. Some unique films are not ever going to be remade (Citizen Kane, 2001, Boyhood, etc.), but this is not in that league. Hell, it’s already been remade as a comedy!

  5. stevenkovacs says:

    What about the second ‘Dragon’ movie, David?

    • Dave J. says:

      Considering how much money it made, the studio can’t afford Daniel Craig’s hefty salary since his returns can’t equal to Craig’s other film “Skyfall”… so for the time being it’s been put on hold, and probably will never be made!

  6. Carlos says:

    Do we REALLY need to tell Variety, of all, that Strangers is not a franchise…? So it’s actually a remake?

  7. mark levin says:

    Hitch’s STRANGERS ON A TRAIN…a classic…one of his best…Remake?? “Gone Boys”….you lost
    before you begin..doomed for failure..for anyone who knows the original….

  8. Joyce Tyler says:

    Make it the leads two women and I’ll see it.

    • Johnny Paramoore says:

      Of all the comments I’ve read on here, your’s is the most interesting. While I’m anxious to see what a technical master like Fincher does with this film, I think it would be infinitely more interesting with female leads.

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