Yet another adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” (aka. “Ten Little Indians”) is in the works, this time as a feature film at Disney’s 20th Century Studios.
“Seberg” and “Captain Marvel” scribes Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel are set to pen the film which will be a standalone project, not connected to Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot film series as the character is not a part of the story.
Disney will reportedly keep the film’s pre-World War II period but offer a fresh take on the story of ten seemingly disparate individuals invited to an isolated island.
Cut off from the mainland, the house guests and servants are all accused of heinous crimes and are murdered one by one during the course of their stay. As their numbers dwindle and there’s no sign of anyone else on the island – suspicion and paranoia grows.
The book, first published in 1939 under a title with a racial slur that will not be printed here, effectively set the template for almost every slasher film ever made. It has sold more than 100 million copies in eight languages, making it one of the best-selling books of all time.
It has also been adapted for film and television on numerous occasions, the most notable being the 1945 Rene Clair film, George Pollock’s 1965 film which shifted the action to the Swiss Alps, the 1974 film set at a remote but lavish Iranian hotel, the 1989 film set on the African Savannah, and has had its premise lifted for use in other movies like “D-Tox” (aka “Eye See You”) and “Mindhunters” which.
One of the most acclaimed versions was also the most recent, the 2015 BBC three-part mini-series (see the below trailer) which starred the likes of Sam Neill, Aidan Turner, Charles Dance, Noah Taylor, Miranda Richardson and Toby Stephens. That was the first English language adaptation to feature the novel’s original ending – one that was always ‘softened’ in previous film adaptations.
Shrapnel and Waterhouse recently signed with to adapt Brian K. Vaughn’s comic “Ex Machina” into the film “The Great Machine” which is expected to star Oscar Isaac. They recently adapted Dame Daphne Du Maurier’s famed novel “Rebecca” into a Ben Wheatley-directed Netflix film hitting later this year. They’re currently doing production work on the “G.I. Joe” film “Snake Eyes” for Paramount.