Ottessa Moshfegh describes the film adaptation of ‘Eileen’ starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anne Hathaway as a “very tonally faithful adaptation” of the novel. Eileen is based on Ottessa Moshfegh’s bestseller. The film also stars Marin Ireland and Owen Teague. directed by William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth).
The film follows, “Eileen (McKenzie) is a peculiar young woman – aloof and unfazed by the gloomy nature of her job at the local youth prison. But something in her changes the day that the new counselor, Dr. Rebecca St. John (Oscar winner Hathaway) arrives. She is instantly captivated by Rebecca’s glamorous, enigmatic presence. As the two women grow closer, Eileen is inspired to explore new facets of her own personality and desires. But her metamorphosis takes a twisted turn when Rebecca reveals a dark secret – throwing Eileen onto a much more sinister path.”
Speaking to I-D Vice, Ottessa Moshfegh calls Eileen’s screenplay a “very tonally faithful adaptation” of her novel. Hoping that it will premiere sometime this autumn, Ottessa speaks in nothing but hyperbole about the film: “I think it’s amazing.”
“What I can say is I have been working on the screenplay,” she reveals. “The way things work in movies is it takes a lot of time, because there are so many moving pieces and so many important roles. You have to factor in other people’s lives, my life, and everything has to come together at the right time. And this has just been something that has been just slowly brewing.” When asked directly if Yorgos is still attached to the project, she replies: “I think… I think that he would prefer I don’t speak about it.”
The film is produced by Stefanie Azpiazu (Private Life, Enough Said) and Peter Cron (Someone Great, Topside), along with Omniscient Productions’ Moshfegh and Goebel, and Oldroyd.