Reliance Entertainment to produce Hindi remake of ‘The Girl On The Train’
MUMBAI: Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment is all set to produce the official Hindi remake of Paula Hawkins’ 2015 runaway bestseller, ‘The Girl On The Train’. The book was also adapted into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Pictures and received a warm reception at the US box office.
Emily Blunt received a nomination for her performance at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as a nomination for BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, in the film. The author-backed role in the official Hindi remake will star Parineeti Chopra, who steps into the shoes of an alcoholic divorcée, who becomes involved in a missing person’s investigation.
The psychological thriller will be produced by Reliance Entertainment, who have procured the rights of the book and the film and will be adapting it from an Indian storytelling perspective.
Reliance Entertainment Group CEO Shibasish Sarkar said, “Not only is ‘The Girl On The Train’, one of the best psychological thrillers but also a heartwarming story of the female protagonist and her discovery of life. We have procured the rights of the book and the film and will be adapting it from an Indian storytelling perspective. Amblin will be a partner in this film.”
“We are always pleased to work with our long-time partners at Reliance Entertainment to bring the best stories to audiences around the world. This Hindi-language adaptation of The Girl On The Train is a first for Amblin and a testament to Paula Hawkins’ incredible book and our 2016 film,” says Amblin Partners President and Co-CEO Jeff Small.
The still to be titled, the taut thriller will be directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, who will adapt the book keeping in mind the sensibilities and grit of the characters from the source.
Though details remain unknown at this juncture, Shibasish reveals, “The film is expected to go on floors around July 2019 and we expect to finish shooting by September. The film is entirely set in the UK and we are in the process of locking the location. We haven’t fixed a release date yet but it will be in 2020.”