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David Fincher and Ben Affleck to remake Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train

01.13.2015

Looks like David Fincher enjoyed working with Ben Affleck and Gillian Flynn on GONE GIRL as the trio are contemplating working on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN at Warner Bros. Now, at first glance, the prospect of anyone, even David Fincher, remaking a Hitchcock classic sounds like a bad idea. But, Hitchcock's film was based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY). Fincher and Affleck are looking to see if GONE GIRL author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn may be willing to come on board to script the new film.

Deadline says the studio has been looking for a way to remake STRANGERS ON A TRAIN for a while and this new idea seems to be the best fit. Affleck will produce the film which will be updated in an intriguing way.

Affleck will play a variation of the role played by Farley Granger of a tennis pro who is bored with his marriage and wants to get divorced, but instead gets entwined with a wealthy socialite psycho who proposes the notion of exchanging murders. The twist here is a compelling one. 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. In Fincher’s hands, who knows how that goes, but it sure does seem like fertile ground.

While the stuck on a plane trope may seem a little cliche by this point, I have total faith in Fincher to make this something special. David Fincher doesn't need to resort to tricks like making the film in real time to try and make it unique. His visual style, editing, and musical inspiration should make this a remake worth seeing. As for Affleck, it seems like he plans to fit in starring in the movie between his directorial work on LIVE BY NIGHT and returning as Batman for Zack Snyder's JUSTICE LEAGUE. That means his reunion with Fincher will shoot in 2016 and likely hit screens by 2017.

Source: Deadline

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5:56PM on 01/14/2015
Strangers on a Train is a fantastic film, one of Hitchcock's best in my opinion. I don't have a problem with it being remade, even if by hacks and it comes out shitty. The original will still exist so I don't care.

It's just that Fincher, Flynn and Affleck are also greatly talented people, and I think I would prefer them doing something else than a remake. I love Fincher films... but the ones of his I liked the least was his only remake (TGWTDT ) and his only franchise film (Alien3). He
Strangers on a Train is a fantastic film, one of Hitchcock's best in my opinion. I don't have a problem with it being remade, even if by hacks and it comes out shitty. The original will still exist so I don't care.

It's just that Fincher, Flynn and Affleck are also greatly talented people, and I think I would prefer them doing something else than a remake. I love Fincher films... but the ones of his I liked the least was his only remake (TGWTDT ) and his only franchise film (Alien3). He should have other things to do than a remake. I know he does a lot of adaptations... but an adaptation is still different than a remake. With the book you still don't have a clear visual of it. So the film still feels fresh... with remakes... unless it's a REALLY different approach it always feels repetetive... just like Fincher's TGWTDT.
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8:11AM on 01/14/2015
The story is one that can be updated and reinterpreted for modern sensibilities and still be a great narrative. I'd rather they did remakes of stories like this than regurgitating sci-fi and monsters from the 70s and 80s. To get a director of Fincher's caliber working on this is a plus - could be a great adaptation.
The story is one that can be updated and reinterpreted for modern sensibilities and still be a great narrative. I'd rather they did remakes of stories like this than regurgitating sci-fi and monsters from the 70s and 80s. To get a director of Fincher's caliber working on this is a plus - could be a great adaptation.
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12:01AM on 01/14/2015
Kind of a tangent here, but anything Fincher makes now is probaby going to easily be incredible well directed (and I'm a big fan), but I felt his last two films were a bit on autopilot. Dragon Tattoo, though still enjoyable, was like a scene for scene inferiorremake with a WAAAAAY larger budget. And Gone Girl was good, but I think it was over rated (to avoid spoilers, I really couldnt understand the killers MO for how terrible they were. Just me personally). I'll be there for Fincher 's next
Kind of a tangent here, but anything Fincher makes now is probaby going to easily be incredible well directed (and I'm a big fan), but I felt his last two films were a bit on autopilot. Dragon Tattoo, though still enjoyable, was like a scene for scene inferiorremake with a WAAAAAY larger budget. And Gone Girl was good, but I think it was over rated (to avoid spoilers, I really couldnt understand the killers MO for how terrible they were. Just me personally). I'll be there for Fincher 's next movie, no matter what it is, but I hope he makes something a little outside his box (fight club, game, social network). But like I said, I'll check out his next for sure
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9:06PM on 01/13/2015
Patricia Highsmith's novel is one of the best crime novels I've ever read. I was shocked when I watched Hitchcock's movie and it went in a really different (and surprisingly funny) direction. Considering the times, I guess the studio probably wouldn't have greenlit a FAITHFUL adaptation, because there's no hero in her book. The fact Strangers on a Train is considered one of Hitchcock's best is really baffling to me. The moment when a cop shoots the merry-go-round operator I stopped taking it
Patricia Highsmith's novel is one of the best crime novels I've ever read. I was shocked when I watched Hitchcock's movie and it went in a really different (and surprisingly funny) direction. Considering the times, I guess the studio probably wouldn't have greenlit a FAITHFUL adaptation, because there's no hero in her book. The fact Strangers on a Train is considered one of Hitchcock's best is really baffling to me. The moment when a cop shoots the merry-go-round operator I stopped taking it seriously.

David Fincher, and Ben Affleck for that matter, would I think be pretty perfect for the material. So I hope this happens, because I'd like to see Highsmith's book get the proper treatment.
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9:03PM on 01/13/2015
Kind of a tangent here, but anything Fincher makes now is probaby going to easily be incredible well directed (and I'm a big fan), but I felt his last two films were a bit on autopilot. Dragon Tattoo, though still enjoyable, was like a scene for scene inferiorremake with a WAAAAAY larger budget. And Gone Girl was good, but I think it was over rated (to avoid spoilers, I really couldnt understand the killers MO for how terrible they were. Just me personally). I'll be there for Fincher 's next
Kind of a tangent here, but anything Fincher makes now is probaby going to easily be incredible well directed (and I'm a big fan), but I felt his last two films were a bit on autopilot. Dragon Tattoo, though still enjoyable, was like a scene for scene inferiorremake with a WAAAAAY larger budget. And Gone Girl was good, but I think it was over rated (to avoid spoilers, I really couldnt understand the killers MO for how terrible they were. Just me personally). I'll be there for Fincher 's next movie, no matter what it is, but I hope he makes something a little outside his box (fight club, game, social network). But like I said, I'll check out his next for sure
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7:21PM on 01/13/2015

Could be worse....or better

I don't think that Strangers On A Train is one of Hitchcock's best. It's very entertaining and popular at the time but not a major classic and one that I don't have a problem being remade especially by David Fincher. The issue I have is that Fincher has been attached or rumored with other projects that are more appealing that I would rather see those. He was attached to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Rendezvous with Rama, two movies that I would love to see brought to the screen by David
I don't think that Strangers On A Train is one of Hitchcock's best. It's very entertaining and popular at the time but not a major classic and one that I don't have a problem being remade especially by David Fincher. The issue I have is that Fincher has been attached or rumored with other projects that are more appealing that I would rather see those. He was attached to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Rendezvous with Rama, two movies that I would love to see brought to the screen by David Fincher. There have been other Hitchcock movies remade such as Rearwindow and Psycho, neither of which can touch the original but this, Fincher can handle this and maybe make it a whole lot better.
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4:47PM on 01/13/2015
Make something new, Fincher.
Make something new, Fincher.
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4:34PM on 01/13/2015
This is a bad idea, never mess with Hitchcock. His is the master and Fincher should bow down to even be considered
This is a bad idea, never mess with Hitchcock. His is the master and Fincher should bow down to even be considered
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4:33PM on 01/13/2015
In Fincher I trust, but there's a million other projects he's been attached to that I'm more interested in than an unnecessary remake
In Fincher I trust, but there's a million other projects he's been attached to that I'm more interested in than an unnecessary remake
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4:00PM on 01/13/2015

This was also already remade...

Go watch Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito in Throw Mamma From The Train if you want a fun take on the original...
Go watch Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito in Throw Mamma From The Train if you want a fun take on the original...
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4:00PM on 01/13/2015
Or, you know, stop doing remakes Fincher...
Or, you know, stop doing remakes Fincher...
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3:59PM on 01/13/2015

I love Fincher, and I even love Ben Affleck, but LEAVE HITCHCOCK ALONE!!!

I am so pissed. Hitchcock is one of those directors who really needs to be left untouched. There is nothing more Fincher can do to add to the story. He is an amazing director and Ben is a great actor, but it isn't a movie that needs a remake. Why can't they do more novel adaptations or original works??
I am so pissed. Hitchcock is one of those directors who really needs to be left untouched. There is nothing more Fincher can do to add to the story. He is an amazing director and Ben is a great actor, but it isn't a movie that needs a remake. Why can't they do more novel adaptations or original works??
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3:41PM on 01/13/2015
I remember a time when the news of a Hitchcock remake would have everyone up in arms. But Hollywood has brainwashed us by remaking everything, then remaking it all again for the past decade.
I remember a time when the news of a Hitchcock remake would have everyone up in arms. But Hollywood has brainwashed us by remaking everything, then remaking it all again for the past decade.
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3:38PM on 01/13/2015

Enough with the Remakes/Adaptations Fincher

But I am still up for this. David & Ben teaming up again for Hitchcock sounds special actually.
But I am still up for this. David & Ben teaming up again for Hitchcock sounds special actually.
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3:34PM on 01/13/2015
Fuck this bullshit!
Fuck this bullshit!
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3:27PM on 01/13/2015

sounds awesome

Fincher is great and Affleck has been on a roll lately. I'm excited.
Fincher is great and Affleck has been on a roll lately. I'm excited.
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3:10PM on 01/13/2015
More Se7en, Fight Club. Less TGWTDT and Gone Girl. No remakes.
More Se7en, Fight Club. Less TGWTDT and Gone Girl. No remakes.
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3:08PM on 01/13/2015

All For This

I fall in the camp of not minding re-interpretations and remakes, provided they bring a fresh look at the material. Going back to previous works and re-doing it has been around as long as we've had art and stories. With the pedigree here it could be absolutely fantastic, and I can't wait to see what Fincher does with this plot. One thing --- SPOILER FOR STRANGERS ON A TRAIN --




I never liked the ending in Hitchcock's film, and while it looked cool, the whole thing on the carousel was
I fall in the camp of not minding re-interpretations and remakes, provided they bring a fresh look at the material. Going back to previous works and re-doing it has been around as long as we've had art and stories. With the pedigree here it could be absolutely fantastic, and I can't wait to see what Fincher does with this plot. One thing --- SPOILER FOR STRANGERS ON A TRAIN --




I never liked the ending in Hitchcock's film, and while it looked cool, the whole thing on the carousel was just bizarre and a big letdown for me. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Fincher does in the climax instead.
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3:03PM on 01/13/2015
After Gone Girl, the three of them can work on as many films as they want.
After Gone Girl, the three of them can work on as many films as they want.
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2:47PM on 01/13/2015

"the stuck on a plane trope"?

Is that officially a trope now? I've seen it before, but it's not like every year there's a new "stuck on a plane" flick.
Is that officially a trope now? I've seen it before, but it's not like every year there's a new "stuck on a plane" flick.
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2:54PM on 01/13/2015
I'd say its a trope. Maybe not a super popular one (like the It's a Wonderful Life here's what happens if you're not around trope) but certainly done enough to the point where some people understand the gimmick without even knowing what movie did it first.
I'd say its a trope. Maybe not a super popular one (like the It's a Wonderful Life here's what happens if you're not around trope) but certainly done enough to the point where some people understand the gimmick without even knowing what movie did it first.
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2:38PM on 01/13/2015

I am so pumped!!!

Love Strangers on a Train and to have Fincher/Affleck involved in so exciting!
Love Strangers on a Train and to have Fincher/Affleck involved in so exciting!
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2:25PM on 01/13/2015

Leave "Strangers on a Train" alone

So Fincher is going from copying Hitchcock to completely ripping him off. They should just try making something original or Fincher should try his hand at actually writing something. But no matter, all the Fincher fanboys have already made their mind up about this film..."greatest film of the year!"
So Fincher is going from copying Hitchcock to completely ripping him off. They should just try making something original or Fincher should try his hand at actually writing something. But no matter, all the Fincher fanboys have already made their mind up about this film..."greatest film of the year!"
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2:39PM on 01/13/2015
Leave BRITNEY alone
Leave BRITNEY alone
3:15PM on 01/13/2015
I will admit I would prefer an original work. Not that he's particularly into that.
I will admit I would prefer an original work. Not that he's particularly into that.
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