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Ottessa Moshfegh On Adapting Her Novels: “We Will Do It A Million More Times”

Ottessa Moshfeghs Eileen is already emerging as one of the hottest titles at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered Saturday. The literary adaptation of Moshfegh’s 2015 novel is directed by William Oldroyd, best known for the 2016 novel. Lady Macbeth.

Eileen stars Thomasin McKenzie in the title role as a troubled young woman who works in a prison, and Anne Hathaway as her new obsession, a mysterious stranger named Rebecca. Early reviews are already raving about both actors’ performances and Moshfegh’s script, prompting demand for more film adaptations of her twisted novels, such as the bestseller My year of rest and relaxation.

Request or make Eileen which made her want to adapt more of her books, Moshfegh replied, “I feel so spoiled by this experience.” [Co-writer] Luke [Goebel] and I, as partners, have talked about — just, this felt like a fateful experience. And all the blood, sweat and tears have now evaporated into this shimmering glow and we’re like, ‘We’ll do it a million more times’ [because] it’s so good.”

“It was a real privilege to have the book as an incredible resource to draw from,” adds McKenzie. “I felt like I got so many answers from the book. I didn’t feel like I had to drill Ottessa for clues to Eileen’s character. I felt quietly supported. There was freedom to take the role and bring it to life with our own unique twist.”

“What I loved about all of our characters is that we all shared them,” says Hathaway. “I felt very empowered by how much care went into the novel. I just turned to Ottessa and said, ‘Can you believe we’re all here because of something your brain made? Look at this! This is incredible!'”

Hathaway added, speaking of the authenticity of Ottessa’s writing, “There were certain little ins, descriptors [in the book]. One line that really stood out to me was, “If she seemed insincere, she was.” There were all these things, where if it didn’t lend me authority, it gave Rebecca authority to exist.

Rumors of a movie version of My year of rest and relaxation whirling since Moshfegh admitted to working on a screenplay in a ID card interview during the summer. Margot Robbie’s production company LuckyChap has acquired the rights to the material, and rumors that Yorgos Lanthimos would be attached to direct have remained speculative.

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