Like Alfred Hitchcock, David Fincher has made a habit out of repetedly working with the same cast and crew, and now Ben Affleck can consider himself part of that esteemed bunch.
Deadline announced that team [Gone Girl](movie:833123) is reuniting to remake Hitchcock's suspenseful classic Strangers on a Train. Gillian Flynn, who previously adapted her Gone Girl novel for the screen, is in talks to draft the script. The new film, tentatively titled [Strangers](movie:2587383), will use the original as direct inspiration, but they will update it for contemporary times.
For those who haven't seen it, Strangers on a Train follows a tennis pro looking to escape his marriage when he meet a wealthy psychopath who offers a swap: they kill each other's wives, and no one will be the wiser.
According to Deadline, Fincher has a topical and potentially brilliant strategy for updating this story for the 21st century:
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.
Like he did with Affleck's character in Gone Girl, Fincher is clearly cashing in on the actor's notoriety and familiarity with the cameras. He's always been a veritable genius when it comes to casting, and this time is no different.
Now it's just a matter of who he gets to play the character made popular by Robert Walker, the socialite with murder on the mind. Definitely the flashier role, one of the original "American Psychos" is largely considered to be a coded homosexual (a subject that was actively censored Hitchcock's time). I'd be willing to wager that Fincher brings these gay undertones to the surface, making the duo's secret relationship a driving part of the script.
At this rate, however, I'm starting to fear for the future of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo franchise that began way back in 2011. Fincher has made one movie, [Gone Girl](movie:833123), and two episodes of [House of Cards](series:726551) since then. With Strangers on a Plane now on the table, the famously thorough director will be busy for at least a year. This means that by the time Fincher can get back to [The Girl Who Played with Fire](movie:331687), the sequel will be five years delayed. As a huge fan of the dark mystery, that's a bit of a letdown.
Oh well, I can rest easy knowing that a few of my favorite directors, Hitchcock and Fincher, are colliding for an entirely different suspenseful thriller. How do you foresee Ben and David's next collaboration going?