'Girl on the Train' Writer to Adapt Hot Novel 'Eileen' for Fox Searchlight, Scott Rudin (Exclusive)

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Screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson will adapt Ottessa Moshfegh's novel, which won the PEN/Hemingway award for debut fiction.

Erin Cressida Wilson is set to tackle another hot novel with a flawed female protagonist.

The Girl on the Train screenwriter will adapt Ottessa Moshfegh’s book Eileen for Fox Searchlight and producer Scott Rudin.

Set in the early 1960s, the story centers on a lonely 20-something woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston who is pulled into a very strange crime.

Eileen — which marks Moshfegh’s first novel — was published by Penguin Press in August 2015 and began earning rave reviews, being frequently dubbed the next Gone Girl.

For the past two decades, Rudin has been one of the most active producers in the book-to-screen space, with credits including The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network and the Oscar best picture winner No Country for Old Men. On the horizon, he is producing Annihilation — Alex Garland’s much anticipated follow-up to Ex Machina — which is based on the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy.

Wilson has become a go-to writer for adapting book-to-screen thrillers with provocative female heroines who are not always likable, as is the case with Paula Hawkins’ runaway best-seller The Girl on the Train. Wilson’s other screenplays include the Maggie Gyllenhaal starrer Secretary and the Nicole Kidman star vehicle Fur as well as the erotic thriller Chloe. Last year, Wilson nabbed the gig to adapt Maestra, another high-profile novel with a memorable female protagonist (Amy Pascal is producing for Sony). In addition to being a writer on HBO’s short-lived series Vinyl, she also wrote the adaptation of Anna Snoekstra?’s The New Winter for Working Title and Universal.

Wilson is repped by CAA, Art/Work Entertainment and Schreck Rose.