DreamWorks acquired movie rights to Hawkins’ debut novel last year prior to publication and set Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt for the screen. Marc Platt will produce the film, while Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Prods. will serve as executive producer.
The book centers on a woman devastated by her recent divorce who spends her commute fantasizing about a seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. One morning, she sees something shocking there and becomes entangled in a mystery.
“With ‘The Help,’ Tate deftly adapted a beloved novel into a compelling film that stayed true to its origin while pleasing fans and moviegoers alike,” said Holly Bario, DreamWorks’ president of production. “We are excited to have Tate back at DreamWorks and thrilled that he’s joining us on this journey as we bring another bestseller to theaters.”
“The Girl on the Train” has sold over 2 million copies in the U.S. alone since it was published in January by Riverhead Books, and has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for the past 17 weeks.
Taylor directed “The Help” and the James Brown biopic “Get on Up.”