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Is ‘Eileen’ the Next ‘Gone Girl’? Scott Rudin, Fox Searchlight Plan to Adapt Hot Summer Title

Is 'Eileen' the Next 'Gone Girl'? Scott Rudin, Fox Searchlight Plan to Adapt Hot Summer Title

Call it the “Cool Girl” effect: the emerging subgenre of book-to-film adaptations about damaged women embroiled in complex mysteries (“Gone Girl,” “The Girl on the Train”) may soon have another title to add to its ranks: The Tracking Board reports that Scott Rudin (“Steve Jobs”) and Fox Searchlight are planning a movie version of Ottessa Moshfegh’s acclaimed novel, “Eileen.”

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Described as “charmingly distrubing” and “funny awful” by NPR’s Jean Zimmerman, “Eileen” follows the deeply unhappy Eileen Dunlop, a 24-year-old secretary at a juvenile prison in 1960s Boston, as she navigates her drunken, abusive father and “a very strange crime”—all with much the same caustic humor that marked David Fincher and Gillian Flynn’s adaptation of the latter’s bestselling novel, “Gone Girl.”

“Eileen” joins Rudin’s full slate of forthcoming projects: he’s producing Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating “Sinatra” and next year’s “Zoolander” sequel, as well as serving as executive producer for Alex Garldand’s follow-up to “Ex Machina,” “Annihilation,” and Nickelodeon’s upcoming TV version of “School of Rock.” Check out the sinister cover of “Eileen” below, and read an excerpt from the novel here.

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