Ben Affleck is re-teaming with Gone Girl director David Fincher and author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn for a remake of the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train for Warner Bros. Gillian Flynn is in talks to write the screenplay, with Ben Affleck producing through his Pearl Street company. While the project will be based on the original Strangers on a Train, which was adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel, it will have a contemporary setting with a new twist.
The story will revolve around Ben Affleck's character, a movie star in the middle of an Oscar campaign, whose private plane breaks down. He is given a lift to L.A. on another plane by a wealthy stranger. The original starred Farley Granger as a tennis pro who becomes bored with his life and marriage and is contemplating divorce. Instead, he meets a wealthy socialite who proposes the idea of swapping murders to avoid getting caught. The remake will be simply entitled Strangers.
Producer Arnold Kopelson had previously attempted a remake of this classic, but it never got off the ground. The project is considered a high priority for Warner Bros., in the wake of Gone Girl's success, earning $350 million worldwide on just a $60 million budget. Ben Affleck is reportedly clearing room in his schedule between starring in and directing Live by Night this spring and shooting Justice League next year to make Strangers on a Train. The actor will next be seen as Batman in Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.