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, and all the comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl.”
Sweden-born Rebecca Ferguson, who steals the show from Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” will now star with Emily Blunt, who plays 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.
The book’s author Hawkins confirmed that the action will be transported to New York, swapping out the original England setting. She will not be involved in the screenplay, but the film will be directed by “The Help” and “Get On Up” helmer Tate Taylor. Ferguson will also be seen in upcoming cold war thriller “Despite the Falling Snow”; Blunt, meanwhile, earned raves for her Cannes competition contender “Sicario,” opening in September.