DreamWorks Studios has preemptively acquired the rights to the Paula Hawkins novel “The Girl on the Train” for Marc Platt to produce.
Platt will produce through his Marc Platt Productions shingle.
The novel is described as a Hitchcockian thriller about a young woman who becomes entangled in a murder investigation because of what she witnesses on her daily commute.
Transworld (the UK crime/thriller imprint for Random House) picked up UK publishing rights for a spring 2015 release. Penguin has picked up US publishing rights.
Hawkins has worked in journalism for 10 years, writing for a variety of publications and media on a range of subjects, from money to art and science. Most recently she was deputy personal finance editor of The Times in London.
“The Girl on the Train” is her first novel to be published. She is repped by RWSG Agency, Lizzy Kremer and Georgina Ruffhead at David Higham Associates.