Remake of Highsmith's Strangers on a Train on the rails

BY Advocate.com Editors

February 28 2002 1:00 AM ET

Variety reports that Strangers on a Train, the thriller by lesbian author Patricia Highsmith memorably brought to the screen in 1951 by Alfred Hitchcock, is gearing up for another foray into the movies. Producers Arnold and Anne Kopelson are developing a new Strangers at Warner Bros., and writer David Seltzer (Dragonfly, The Omen) has delivered a script. The novel tells the twisted tale of a tennis pro awaiting a divorce from his wife who, on board a train, meets a mother-dominated eccentric who proposes the two swap murders. The tennis pro assumes the other man is kidding until the pro's wife turns up dead and the eccentric expects payback. Hitchcock kept the homoerotic undertones of the novel in his film version.

Other recent Highsmith adaptations include The Talented Mr. Ripley and the upcoming Ripley's Game.

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