Girl on the Train…in New York

Girl on the Train…in New York

The film version of The Girl on the Train will reportedly be set in New York as opposed to London.

The bestselling title, published by Transworld, has been optioned for film, with a writer and director already lined up under the overall supervision of Steven Spielberg, the Sunday Times has reported.

However, while Hawkins’ title is set in London, and was inspired by her daily commute from Putney to Earls Court, the film version of the novel will be set in New York, the newspaper said.

In an interview, Hawkins said she was untroubled by the scene change. “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,” she said.  

The writer also revealed she was halfway through another psychological thriller set in a fictional rural town in the north of England centred around two sisters, one of whom is dead. 

The Girl on the Train is also Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime this week with Sally Hawkins (no relation) playing the central character of Rachel. 

Last week, The Girl on the Train surpassed the 800,000 unit mark across all formats in the UK and Ireland to become the first book since Nielsen BookScan records began to earn 20 Original Fiction number ones.