Does Fincher mind that he's not among the award nominees? Highly doubtful. He's too busy making the dark and delicious movies he loves to make his way, and making money while he's at it. Gone Girl, now out on BluRay and DVD and which cost $60 million to make, has taken in about $350 million to date so the director will no doubt receive not only his asking price but likely his demands for control of the movie's promotional materials.
Hitchcock's version of Highsmith's thriller, which opened to mixed reviews, was nominated for an Academy Award for its cinematography by Robert Brook, as well as a Directors Guild Outstanding Directorial Achievement nomination for Hitchcock. Neither man won either award. While the film was short on wins, it was a box office success, with its' critical reputation growing with time. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars, which is saying something. I'd say a remake sounds like a swell idea.
The book, as always, is a little more complicated to sum up. I haven't read the novel, nor seen the movie but the thriller, where "under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murder" sounds right up Fincher and Flynn's alley.
The literary lowdown: The world of Patricia Highsmith has always been filled with ordinary people, all of whom are capable of very ordinary crimes. This theme was present from the beginning, when her debut, Strangers on a Train, galvanized the reading public. Here we encounter Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. "Some people are better off dead," Bruno remarks, "like your wife and my father, for instance." As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in Highsmith's perilous world, where, under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murder.
The new film version: While Guy, the main character in Highsmith's novel is an architect, Hitchcock made him into a tennis pro. According to Deadline, in Fincher's version "Affleck will play a movie star in the middle of a campaign for an Oscar during awards season whose private plane breaks down and is given a ride to LA on another plane by a wealthy stranger."See? Fincher doesn't care he's not a nominee — unless the Academy offers a surprise tomorrow — he knows how the game is played and he's not buying. He's just making a movie about it, that's all. Ah, yes. Living well is the best revenge.
Apparently Affleck is going to squeeze Strangers — that's what they're calling the updated version —in between the HBO adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Live by Night which he's both directing and starring in and Justice League in 2016.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, the trailer for Strangers on a Train ... Alfred Hitchcock style.
*The Director's Guild nominees are:
Wes Anderson —The Grand Budapest Hotel
Clint Eastwood — American Sniper
Alejandro G. Iñárritu — Birdman
Richard Linklater — Boyhood
Morten Tyldum — The Imitation Game