DreamWorks and Tate Taylor link up again to take on another New York Times best-selling novel. The studio announced Thursday that The Help director will lead the studio’s production of Paula Hawkins’ book The Girl on the Train. “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,” Holly Bario, president of production at DreamWorks, said in a statement. “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.”
DreamWorks bought the rights to Hawkins’ work before its debut, which was a good bet, considering it ended up being the fast-selling adult novel ever. “Bringing rich material to the screen in the filmmaker friendly environment DreamWorks provides is a director’s dream,” Taylor said in a press release on Thursday. “I’m honored to be a part of this.”
The book follows the main character, Rachel, maneuvering her recent divorce and imagining a perfect couple she regularly sees while taking the train to work. But then she sees something at the house, and a mystery ensues.
Erin Cressida Wilson will write the screenplay, with Marc Platt producing. Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Productions will executive produce.