Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired North American and select international rights to Neil LaBute's upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie's murder mystery "Crooked House" says Screen International.
One of Christie's few stories that doesn't involve her recurring characters Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot, it's also one of the few works by author Christie that has yet to see either a film or television adaptation.
The story is set against the backdrop of three generations of an eccentric family that lives together in a large house. When the multi-millionaire patriarch is found murdered, it seems that everyone has reasons to kill him.
"It's been far too long since we've seen Agatha Christie's work on the big screen. Crooked House is one of her best and most surprising murder mysteries. It's the perfect title with which to bring a whole new audience to Christie, while at the same time delivering a wonderfully suspenseful experience to her legions of existing fans" says LaBute.
"Downton Abbey" and "Gosford Park" scribe Julian Fellowes is adapting the novel along with Tim Rose Price and LaBute. At last report Julie Andrews, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode and Gabriel Byrne were signed on to star, and shooting kicks off this Fall in London.