Just yesterday I was advocating against the possibility of a Gone Girl sequel. And while I stand by my discouragement of that idea (DON’T DO IT), here’s a project that I’m firmly behind: David Fincher, Gillian Flynn, and Ben Affleck are remaking Strangers On a Train.
Now, we talk a lot of shit in regard to remakes around these parts. But that’s only because most of them are terrible, or at least terrible-sounding. It’s not (always, entirely) just a kneejerk reaction. This, for example, could be very, very cool. After all, this is not the same as Michael Bay remaking The Birds. (Please tell me that’s not still happening, by the way.) Strangers On a Train is the story of two men who meet by chance and end up exchanging murders as a way to make sure their motives and their alibis line up. This team, with this material, could actually do justice to the Hitchcock (or Highsmith, take your pick) original. They’ve proven they can deliver a killer—pun most definitely intended—adaptation, creating and sustaining the necessary tension for the length of an entire movie.
This project, currently titled Strangers, was only announced today, but here’s what we know:
This has the potential to be great, doesn’t it? Sure, we’d all love to see more original movies being done, but if we have to get remakes and reboots and sequels, this is the kind we want to see. Also, Mr. Fincher, if you’re listening— maybe consider shaking things up and gender swapping that Robert Walker role. If you’re looking someone with equal parts sexy and dangerous, may I suggest…