Still the best-selling novelist of all time with over two billion books sold (beaten only by the Bible and Shakespeare), Dame Agatha Christie’s singularly most famous mystery is set to get another film adaptation.
“The Imitation Game” director Morten Tyldum has been hired to helm a new film version of “And Then There Were None” which 20th Century Fox has just acquired the feature film rights to.
Eric Heisserer (“The Thing,” “Final Destination 5”) has been hired to pen the script for the new version which Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Hilary Strong will produce. The new one which reportedly boasts a “take that got the Christie estate excited.”
The story follows ten strangers who are invited to an isolated island for a dinner party at the behest of a mysterious host. It’s soon revealed they have been cut off from the mainland, and one of the ten has decided to kill them off one by one for crimes they committed but were never punished for. The ever shrinking number of survivors grow more and more suspicious over who is responsible.
‘None’ is the biggest-selling mystery novel of all time with more than 100 million copies sold. It was first published in 1939 under the very politically incorrect title of “Ten Little N——” and later “Ten Little Indians”.
It has also yielded numerous film adaptations boasting large ensemble casts including the original 1945 film, a 1965 Swiss Alps set version, a 1974 Iranian hotel set version, and a 1989 African savannah set version. The likes of Oliver Reed, Orson Welles, Richard Attenborough, Elke Sommer, Shirley Eaton, Fabian, Charles Aznavour, Herbert Lom and numerous Connery-era Bond film villains like Donald Pleasance, Adolfo Celi and Gert Frobe have starred in those.
There’s also been numerous TV movie and mini-series adaptations over the years with a new one starring the likes of Charles Dance, Aidan Turner, Sam Neill, Toby Stephens, Miranda Richardson set to air on BBC1 in the UK this Fall.
On top of that the story’s high concept premise has been lifted and used for countless mystery films and TV shows over the years including the likes of “Harper’s Island,” “Mindhunters” and “D-Tox”. No word as yet regarding when the new film might go into production.