Here’s something pretty cool: David Fincher is directing a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. It is being written by Gone Girl novelist/screenwriter Gillian Flynn. Ben Affleck is involved too.
Here’s something kind of weird: It’s not being called Strangers on a Train. In fact, it doesn’t take place on a train at all. It takes place on a plane. Well, two planes, actually. So, it’s Strangers on a Plane, which sounds dumb as hell. Fortunately, it’s not actually called that (they’re just going with Strangers), but it still sounds like an idea that could easily become dumb as hell.
That said, I’m also totally fascinated by the idea. I don’t actually understand how it’s going to work, and the little tidbits given in the Deadline story pose more questions than they answer, but I’m already sold. I like remakes that adapt source material to the modern age, and while people still do use trains in 2015, I’m not going to question this particular creative team without a whole lot more information. They proved themselves with Gone Girl, and Fincher’s proved himself numerous times before. If anyone is going to do justice to Hitchcock’s work, I think it’ll be them.[Via Deadline]