DreamWorks Pictures has preemptively scooped up the film rights to Into the Water, the latest book from The Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins.
The novel, slated to hit shelves on May 2 via Riverhead Books, has the same dark, mysterious storytelling and compelling female protagonists that made Girl on the Train so popular. Hawkins' new tale is set in a town where the bodies of a single mother and a teen girl have been found separately at the bottom of the river. Left behind is a 15-year-old girl who is now parentless and friendless, and finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from.
Marc Platt and Jared LeBoff are producing Into the Water, while Hawkins will executive produce. Amblin Partners bought the rights and will release the adaptation under its DreamWorks label.
There was strong interest in Hawkins' latest from several producers and studios after the success of 2015's The Girl on the Train and the movie adaptation. Into the Water will mark a reunion for Hawkins and DreamWorks, which adapted Girl on the Train into the film starring Emily Blunt. Released in October via Universal, the pic earned $172.6 million worldwide. The book has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. and more than 18 million copies worldwide.
WME and David Higham Associates co-repped the new book in the deal.