Tate Taylor to Direct 'The Girl on the Train' for DreamWorks

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Tate Taylor

Taylor directed DreamWorks' 'The Help.'

Tate Taylor, who directed DreamWorks hit The Help, is returning to the company’s fold for its adaptation of The Girl on the Train.

Marc Platt is to produce the film. Jared LeBoff, of Marc Platt Productions, will serve as executive producer. 

DreamWorks acquired the rights to Paula Hawkins' novel in 2014, prior to the book's publication. The novel spent several weeks at the top of The New York Times best-seller lists.

Adapting the novel is Erin Cressida Wilson.

The story tells of a woman who, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily train ride fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. But the woman, who is also an alcoholic, may come to be involved in their affairs when she comes home covered in blood after a black-out drinking episode. 

Like The Help, the project, which is in the vein of Gone Girl, offers several meaty roles for women. The book was set in London. It is unclear if the setting will change.

Two million copies of the book have been sold, according to DreamWorks.

Taylor’s The Help nabbed four Oscar nominations, winning one for Octavia Spencer in the best supporting actress category. Taylor last directed Get On Up, last year’s James Brown biopic.

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