Ben Affleck, David Fincher to Remake Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn in Talks

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Ben Affleck and director David Fincher are teaming up again for the Alfred Hitchcock remake of Strangers on a Train. Dave Allocca/

No strangers to suspense! Gone Girl director David Fincher and star Ben Affleck are set to team up again for an upcoming Alfred Hitchcock remake, Deadline reports. The duo, who successfully adapted the best-selling thriller Gone Girl in 2014, earning critical praise and Golden Globe nominations to boot, will be putting a modern spin on Hitchcock’s 1951 classic Strangers on a Train

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn is currently in talks to write the film’s script. The movie, titled Strangers, is set to take place on a plane instead of a train and stars Affleck as “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 L.A. on another plane by a wealthy stranger.” 

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Ben Affleck starred as Nick Dunne in the 2014 thriller Gone Girl. 20th Century Fox/Regency

The original film features tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger), who is stuck in a marriage he wants to get out of when he runs into psychopath Bruno Antony (Robert Walker) on the train. Bruno comes up with the idea of two strangers murdering each other’s biggest problems, setting them on a dangerous track. 

It makes sense that Flynn would be attached to this project after penning the Gone Girl screenplay and being compared to Hitchcock herself. 

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Farley Granger and Robert Walker starred in Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 classic Strangers on a Train. Courtesy Everett Collection

“Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is like Scenes from a Marriage remade by Alfred Hitchcock, an elaborate trap that’s always surprising and full of characters who are entirely recognizable,” author Adam Rosswrote on the jacket cover of her smash hit novel. 

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