A new report is claiming that following last year’s “The Killer,” filmmaker David Fincher’s long-gestating remake of “Strangers on a Train” is coming next for the helmer.

Announced back in January 2015, the project was set to be a re-teaming of a trio of key “Gone Girl” people – director Fincher, actor/producer Ben Affleck and writer Gillian Flynn.

Setup at Warner Bros. Pictures, Flynn was to pen this newest take on “The Talented Mr. Ripley” author Patricia Highsmith’s book which was previously turned into one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic early films.

That film followed two strangers – tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) who is seeking a divorce, and mentally unstable socialite Bruno Antony (Robert Walker) – who strike up a conversation on a train.

Each has someone they want to get out of the way, so the socialite proposes they ‘swap murders’ and thus the killings could not be traced back to them. Haines considers it all a joke, but Anthony is quite serious. Soon things spiral out of control.

At the time the plan was to shift the action from a train to a private plane with Affleck as a movie star in the middle of awards season campaigning. When his private plane breaks down, he is given a ride to LA on another plane by a wealthy and dangerous stranger.

By July that year the film had stalled and nothing has really been heard about it since. Now, World of Reel says they’re hearing from their sources that the film is “back on and will be Fincher’s next film”.

In addition, they indicate Fincher is ditching the plane idea and is going back to the original initial train setting. They add that Affleck is still “loosely involved” in the project but there’s no start date as yet.

Fincher also has a remake of “Squid Game” in the works at Netflix, and a “Chinatown” prequel series which he is writing but not directing.

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