It’s a no-brainer why DreamWorks acquired rights to Paula Hawkins’ twisty page-turner “The Girl on the Train” before it was published in January. The fastest-selling adult novel ever has already sold two million copies. Even if you haven’t read it, you’ve heard about it.
Emily Blunt is now in talks to star as the titular commuter, a hard-drinking, depressed and out-of-work divorcée who constructs a fantasy life from inside a train to and from London, where she peeps on the lives of others. She becomes increasingly obsessed by a couple living in her old neighborhood, where she makes a shocking discovery in this unreliable-narrator story a la Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl.”
Tate Taylor is so far attached to direct a script by Erin Cressida, who wrote the creepy sex mystery films “Secretary” and “Chloe” as well as the Diane Arbus story “Fur.” Right now, Blunt is filming “The Huntsman” with Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, and earned raves for her performance in 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or contender “Sicario.”