Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

In 1926, mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days. She returned, but never explained what happened. A few writers have tried to fictionally solve that mystery, and now, according to Deadline Hollywood, Paramount is set to purchase Agatha, a spec script from Allison Schroeder (Mean Girls 2) that turns those 11 days into an action adventure. The article claims that the tone of the screenplay is “a female Sherlock Holmes meets Romancing the Stone.” Plus, Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits) is set to direct. It’s unclear right now what relationship this project has to the 1979 movie of the same name where Vanessa Redgrave plays Christie during the 11-day disappearance, although it’s highly doubtful the new take will focus on Christie plotting revenge on her unfaithful husband. Or that it will borrow from the Doctor Who episode where Christie helps solve a mystery involving a giant killer wasp at her own house party.

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With most of the movie-going world still unsold on Sam Worthington as a leading man (really, guy, Man on a Ledge? The Titans films?), the Aussie actor has perhaps made a very wise choice for his next big action role. Variety reports (via ComingSoon) that Worthington is in talks to join (and is, in fact, expected to accept an offer) for David Ayer‘s Ten, a film that would see him starring alongside, you guessed it, ten other stars (including Arnold Schwarzenegger, who joined the project in May). Reportedly a “testosterone-heavy riff” of an Agatha Christie-penned classic (“And Then There Were None”), the film has been scripted by Skip Woods and sounds like one hell of a blast. It will follow “an elite DEA task force that deals with the world’s deadliest drug cartels. Specializing in complex mobile operations, the team executes a tactical raid on a cartel safe house. What looks to be a typical raid turns out to be an elaborate theft operation, pre-planned by the DEA squad. After hiding millions in stolen cash, the team believes their secret is safe – until someone begins assassinating them one by one.” Sounds like a more cerebral spin on The Expendables, which sounds like some superb popcorn cinema.

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This is the poorly-worded question on my mind ever since reading that Jennifer Garner wants to produce and star in a movie that sees Agatha Christie’s famously elderly detective Miss Marple aged down by half. For most characters, that’s an interesting prospect (think Young Indiana Jones), but Miss Marple is a character defined mainly by her age. She’s old, feeble-looking, and people take for granted that the can solve a murder before sundown. Changing her age changes her most striking surface-level characteristic. So is it even Miss Marple anymore? Or is it just some young private investigator with a knack for success who’s wearing Miss Marple’s name tag?

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It’s no secret that Agatha Christie is the best mystery writer of all time, especially when the deaths involve British people being incredibly polite and understanding about the whole thing. There are several of her books that still need big screen adaptations, and it looks like Gosford Park screenwriter Julian Fellowes will be taking on one of them. According to Cinema Blend, Fellowes will be penning the script for Crooked House, which tells the story of a man who is told he can’t marry his fiancee until her grandfather’s murder is solved. Death at a Funeral director Neil LaBute will be helming the project. This is fantastic beyond words. Christie’s work has been relegated to better-than-average television movies on BBC for far too long, and it’s time that her twists and turns got a bigger stage to play on. Plus, it’s another excuse to go watch Murder By Death for a 15th time.

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As the only literate Reject, it’s my duty to find the latest, the greatest and the untouched classics that would make great source material for film adaptations. I read so you don’t have to. This week, Print to Projector presents the story of a young man named Michael Rogers who’s ambitious but lacks focus. He wants the entire world, but he also wants to settle down into his dream home with the woman he loves. He finds her – a beautiful, poor little rich girl named Ellie – while window shopping at a land auction for a tract called Gypsy’s Acre. They fall in love, build a gorgeous house, and set up shop on cursed land. Of course, it isn’t long until that curse comes crashing down on Ellie’s head.

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