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It may be quite a while before we see David Fincher's Strangers on a Train

07.22.2015

As distasteful as the idea of remaking one of Alfred Hitchcock's best may be, knowing that it was in the hands of David Fincher, Gillian Flynn, and Ben Affleck made the whole idea a little more palatable. It was January of this year when we first learned of the intentions of the GONE GIRL team of moving ahead with a remake of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN; however as the trio have found their schedule's growing increasingly crowded it may be quite some time before the remake will see the light of day. Screenwriter Gillian Flynn said as much in a recent chat with Vulture:

We’re all so overcommitted right now that we’ll see on that one.

Among the multitude of upcoming projects the team have on the go is the upcoming HBO series Utopia, which will see Gillian Flynn reuniting with David Fincher and writing each episode. Gillian Flynn will also be writing a film for 12 YEARS A SLAVE director Steve McQueen called WIDOWS which is about four mob widows who attempt to pull off the same heist which killed their husbands. As far as Ben Affleck's schedule goes, we know that he will be quite busy playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in the DC Cinematic Universe, but he will also be shooting LIVE BY NIGHT later this year.

As we reported earlier in the year, the STRANGERS ON A TRAIN remake will be updated in an interesting 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.

Do you want to see a STRANGERS ON A TRAIN remake from David Fincher, Gillian Flynn, and Ben Affleck, or are you hoping that their schedules remain too full for it to become a reality?

Source: Vulture

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11:12AM on 07/24/2015

"In Fincher We Trust"

There are only a handful of directors in Hollywood I would say this about, David Fincher is one of the best in the business today. Most Alfred Hitchcock films should be left alone and not remade especially classics like Rear Window, Psycho, North By Northwest, Vertigo. However, one of Hitchcock's lesser known films being adapted by probably the best modern Hollywood suspense filmmaker I can't help but get excited for.
But I still want David Fincher return to doing the sequel to Dragon
There are only a handful of directors in Hollywood I would say this about, David Fincher is one of the best in the business today. Most Alfred Hitchcock films should be left alone and not remade especially classics like Rear Window, Psycho, North By Northwest, Vertigo. However, one of Hitchcock's lesser known films being adapted by probably the best modern Hollywood suspense filmmaker I can't help but get excited for.
But I still want David Fincher return to doing the sequel to Dragon Tattoo.
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12:31PM on 07/23/2015
i would love to see Fincher remake The Trial
i would love to see Fincher remake The Trial
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10:57PM on 07/22/2015
That's too bad. This is one of the few trios who I could actually see pulling this off successfully.
That's too bad. This is one of the few trios who I could actually see pulling this off successfully.
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10:44PM on 07/22/2015

Sucks

I'm pumped for anything the man puts out, regardless if it's a remake or not. The man's earned my respect/money.

I was looking forward to seeing what they did with this.
I'm pumped for anything the man puts out, regardless if it's a remake or not. The man's earned my respect/money.

I was looking forward to seeing what they did with this.
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9:54PM on 07/22/2015

Not one of Hitchcock's best.

Patricia Highsmith's novel is SO much darker than what Hitch made. In her novel he doesn't back out at the last minute. There is no fight with the villain. And, most importantly, the cops DON'T shoot the carousel operator. I'd heard so much great stuff about Hitch's Strangers on a Train, but when I watched it, I was VERY underwhelmed. Wouldn't surprise me if the studios just told him he couldn't keep the ending she wrote. The man had all the skill and the sense of humor to deliver a movie of
Patricia Highsmith's novel is SO much darker than what Hitch made. In her novel he doesn't back out at the last minute. There is no fight with the villain. And, most importantly, the cops DON'T shoot the carousel operator. I'd heard so much great stuff about Hitch's Strangers on a Train, but when I watched it, I was VERY underwhelmed. Wouldn't surprise me if the studios just told him he couldn't keep the ending she wrote. The man had all the skill and the sense of humor to deliver a movie of the book, instead, we got a slapstick comedy finale.

Fincher's at his best dealing with REALLY dark stuff. I'm sorry I have to wait, but I'm just glad this movie is in the right hands.
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11:56PM on 07/22/2015
I found it overated as well. The ending is somewhat dumb. Hearing that there's a darker version out there, and with Fincher at the healm, makes me hopefull.
I found it overated as well. The ending is somewhat dumb. Hearing that there's a darker version out there, and with Fincher at the healm, makes me hopefull.
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