“Gone Girl” Team to Remake Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train”

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Despite not getting quite the amount of current awards attention of say Birdman or The Grand Budapest Hotel, David Fincher’s Gone Girl was both a critical and commercial success earlier this year. You can chop its minimal nominations up to poor timing or the fact that there’s just been too many good films this year, but it till stands to be a fan favourite of 2014. If you happen to be one of these fans then you might be interested to know that Fincher, Ben Affleck and writer Gillian Flynn are teaming up to take on a new project together. Cool, right? Maybe, maybe not.

Deadline reports that the trio will be collaborating on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. For those who don’t know, the film was an adaptation of the novel that follows a wealthy tennis pro struggling to divorce his wife who gets entangled with a delusional socialite who suggests they swap murders to cover their tracks. Things get a little mad after that as you can imagine, culminating in perhaps the most dramatic tennis match ever captured on camera. The plot for the remake will of course be tweaked for the modern day – here is what Deadline has to say about the plot:

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.

The original strangers...Farley Granger and Robert Walker, up to no good.
The original strangers…Farley Granger and Robert Walker, up to no good.

Not too shabby. The only problem is that Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train is kind of a classic, so there will be double the pressure from the studio and double the resistance from audiences than there would be with a straight book adaptation. Luckily they have Gillian Flynn on the case who adapted her own novel for the big screen, so they should be in safe hands.

Toe be fair, remakes of Hitchcock novels are nothing new: Rebecca, Psycho, The Birds and The 39 Steps are just a few  of his films that have been remade years later (check out an extensive list here). Hitchcock had a knack for taking novels with juicy plots and reinventing them on screen – with that many great stories to his name, other directors are bound to come looking for them.

Considering that Gone Girl grossed $350 million worldwide on a $60 million budget, there will be high hopes for this remake. My only concern is they’ve forgone the whole title of the original book and are just calling it Strangers…makes sense for the modern day reinvention but it just seems unnecessarily trendy. Ah, what do i know?

Up for meeting some new Strangers?

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