One of the more surprising announcements of the year occurred right back in January when it was revealed that the “Gone Girl” team of director David Fincher, screenwriter Gillian Flynn and actor Ben Affleck were coming together again for remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers On A Train”.
Itself an adaptation of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” series Patricia Highsmith’s novel, 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.
The new take would shift the action to a private plane with Affleck playing a film star in the midst of Oscar campaigning who is given a ride to LA on the jet of a wealthy and dangerous stranger. However in the months since it seems everyone’s schedules have filled up – Affleck with his Batman and “Live By Night” commitments, and Fincher with several projects of his own on the boil.
In a new interview with Vulture, Flynn says the new “Strangers” is set to take a back seat for some time: “We’re all so overcommitted right now that we’ll see on that one.” It wouldn’t be surprising if it does go forward, at least one of the three would not be involved or would only do so in a reduced capacity.