David Fincher Ben Affleck Gillian Flynn

After the outstanding financial and critical success of Gone Girl, it may not come as much of a surprise that David Fincher, Ben Affleck and writer Gillian Flynn are planning to reunite for another thriller flick.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trio will develop a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. The 1951 classic, an adaptation of a novel by Patricia Highsmith, starred Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, and Robert Walker in a story about a professional tennis player who meets a psychopathic stranger with startling intentions.

David Fincher and Gillian Flynn seem to work very well together, especially given their tendency to drift toward dark themes. The two are already working on a drama series for HBO, Utopia, a thriller based on a cult British series. Fincher will direct every episode of the first season of Utopia and Flynn will be writing every episode.

Strangers will also mark the second time director David Fincher and Ben Affleck will work together on a film. Affleck is keeping himself considerably busy working on other projects; he is starring in the film The Accountant and the hotly anticipated Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as directing and starring in the crime drama Live By Night which is set to premiere in 2016.

No doubt Warner Bros., the studio overseeing their new project, has great confidence in the potential success of their new project Strangers. Fincher, Flynn and Affleck’s Gone Girl became the runaway hit of last fall, opening with $37 million domestically and going on to gross $167 million in the United States and $365 million worldwide on a $61 million budget.

Gone Girl star Tyler Perry claimed that David Fincher’s eyes and brain should be donated to science, and as ridiculous as a comment like that may sound, I believe most who have seen his incredible filmography would agree. Fincher may have some humongous shoes to fill by remaking a Hitchcock film, but if there’s anyone in the industry who can come close to creating Hitchcock’s level of tension and suspense it would probably be him.

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