Fox Searchlight has teamed with Scott Rudin to pick up one of the summer’s hottest mystery reads, EILEEN. The taut, suspenseful novel has been favorably compared to Gone Girl and has been pitched as The Girl on the Train meets To Die For. Rudin will be producing the adaptation under his Scott Rudin Productions banner.
The mystery, set in early 1960s Boston, centers on Eileen Dunlop, a lonely young woman who works in a boy’s prison by day and cares for her alcoholic father by night. Her life appears to be a stagnant, seth-loathing rut until a new counselor joins her staff and instantly charms Eileen, igniting a budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her relationship with Rebecca involves her in a a web of criminal lies that surpasses her wildest expectations.
Called “creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Vladimir Nabokov,” Eileen enthralls and surprises, introducing one of the most original new voices in contemporary fiction.
The chilling debut novel by Ottessa Moshfegh has received numerous accolades and universal praise from publications such as Entertainment Weekly, The LA Times, Booklist, The Washington Post, The NY Times Book Review, NPR, Gawker, Newsday, Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Magazine.
Rudin is a prolific producer who has shepherded a countless number of hit films and adaptations, most recently behind awards contender Steve Jobs, which is currently in theaters. He’s next producing Ben Stiller’s long-awaited Zoolander sequel and The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter, which stars Danny McBride and Josh Brolin, and DC’s Justice League Dark for Warner Bros., with plans to shoot in 2016.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor