Interesting . . . News comes today that David Fincher will direct a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller “Strangers on a Train,” to be produced by and starring Ben Affleck and written by Gillian Flynn . . . which makes it a “Gone Girl” reunion. (Where’s Rosamund Pike? And Neil Patrick Harris?) The story, based on the 1951 film and the novel by Patricia Highsmith, will be moved to the present day and will feature Affleck as a movie star who, during awards season, has to accept a plane ride from a wealthy stranger when his own plane breaks down. This could be . . . interesting? Curious to see what Flynn will do with the screenplay. Sounds like it might go into production late this year or early 2016.
Highsmith, who died in 1995 and was a prolific writer of tense thrillers (i.e. “The Talented Mr. Ripley”), is getting a lot of screen credits lately. “Carol,” a Todd Haynes film adaptation of her novel about a lesbian relationship, will come to the screen later this year with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; and “The Blunderer,” also based on one of her works, is currently in production starring Jessica Biel and Patrick Wilson.