“Gone Girl” star Ben Affleck and director David Fincher are set to re-team on “Strangers,” a new take on the classic “Strangers On A Train” for Warner Bros. Pictures. “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn is in talks to write the script for the film which Affleck’s Pearl Street banner will produce.
“The Talented Mr. Ripley” author Patricia Highsmith penned the book which was subsequently turned into one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic early films. The original film followed two strangers – a tennis pro seeking a divorce, and a mentally unstable socialite – who strike up a conversation. Each has someone they want to get out of the way, so the socialite proposes they ‘swap murders’ and thus the killings could not be traced back to them.
This new take shifts the premise from a train to a private plane. Affleck will play a movie star in the middle of awards season campaigning. When his private plane breaks down, he is given a ride to LA on another plane by a wealthy and dangerous stranger.
The project is moving fast with Affleck clearing space to shoot the film between his work directing “Live By Night” and his filming commitments to the “Justice League” movie. Fincher and Flynn are preoccupied with their “Utopia” remake for HBO at present.