|‘It could take place in any commuter town’ … Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train. Photograph: David Levene/for the Guardian|
The film rights to the book were optioned before its publication by Hollywood studio DreamWorks, and in a recent interview with the Sunday Times, its author Paula Hawkins said it was likely to take place in “upstate New York”. However, she said: “I’m not really concerned about the repositioning as I think it is the type of story that could take place in any commuter town.”
Inspired by Hawkins’ own commute to work, The Girl on the Train is a thriller about a woman whose curiosity about a house she can see from her train carriage leads her into a missing persons inquiry. The novel, described as “the new Gone Girl”, has topped the charts in the UK and US, and broke the record stay in the UK No 1 slot held by Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol.
Hawkins also appears unconcerned to exert authorial control over the planed film, a la EL James, saying: “I don’t want to be involved … let them get on with it.”
The Help’s Tate Taylor is to direct the film for DreamWorks, from a script by Erin Cressida Wilson. Emily Blunt is the favourite to land the lead role.