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.