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Universal Boards Emily Blunt’s ‘Girl on the Train’

Universal will release “The Girl on The Train” on Oct. 7 as it replaces Disney as the distributor of the Emily Blunt-Rebecca Ferguson thriller.

“The Girl on the Train” is the first film to be released under the new partnership unveiled Wednesday by Universal and Amblin Partners, a new company announced by DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One.

Disney, which has been distributing DreamWorks’ live-action movies since 2011, had announced the Oct. 7 release for “The Girl on the Train” two months ago.

Universal also announced Wednesday it has moved “Monster High” out of the Oct. 7, 2016, slot.

Ari Sandel came on to direct “Monster High” in October. Neil Meron, Craig Zadan, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are producing the project, based on the line of Mattel toys undergoing the trials and tribulations of high school. “Monster High” has not been given a new date.

Oct. 7 will also see the releases of Fox’s “Gambit,” Lionsgate’s “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” and Warner’s “The Accountant.”

Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Edgar Ramirez and Allison Janney also star in “The Girl on the Train” with Tate Taylor directing and Marc Platt producing. Based on the Paula Hawkins novel, Blunt portrays a woman devastated by her recent divorce who spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes — until she sees something shocking and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

DreamWorks acquired movie rights to Hawkins’ debut novel last year prior to publication and set Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt for the screen.

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