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If it feels like we’ve been getting a lot of Agatha Christie-related news, it’s because we have. Of course, in the age of big superhero blockbusters, news of her cozy mysteries getting adapted is often welcome news. Regardless, this minor increase in news has actually been an intentional effort from Christie’s estate to work to bring her books to the big screen.
To make this happen, the Agatha Christie Estate employed 14 people out of its London-based office, and in 2013, they hired Wme, a Hollywood talent agency, to help them set up deals with Hollywood studios. Since then, the estate has inked three deals with 20th Century Fox. If you’ll recall, there are three that have hit the media most recently: the Murder on the Orient Express remake, which is set to be directed by and starring Cinderella and Thor director Kenneth Branagh, and the the »
- Joseph Medina
London — The Agatha Christie renaissance continues.
Principal photography has started in Britain on a big-screen adaptation of the mystery author’s 1940s novel “Crooked House,” a whodunit centering on the murder of a rich, cantankerous old patriarch. The movie stars Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Max Irons and Stefanie Martini, among others.
The project is the latest Christie story set for translation to the screen. Last month, the BBC announced that it had green-lit a slate of seven Christie adaptations following the critical and ratings success of “And Then There Were None,” which aired in Britain last December. Big-screen treatments of “Witness for the Prosecution” and “Murder on the Orient Express,” both by Fox, are also being developed.
- Henry Chu
Joe Manganiello is set to play Deathstroke in the upcoming Ben Affleck solo Batman film, The Wall Street Journal has revealed. This news follows The Wrap’s confirmation that Deathstroke would be Bruce Wayne’s villainous adversary in the project, which came hours after Affleck tweeted footage of the masked and then unidentified actor in full costume:
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016
Although The Dark Knight has certainly had his fair share of enemy challengers, it seems like he’s got his work cut out for him with this baddie. The popular DC Comics villain was first seen in 1980 in “The New Teen Titans.” Originally known as Deathstroke the Terminator (and Slade Joseph Wilson), he is a mercenary and unparalleled assassin.
This will not be Manganiello’s first time venturing into the world of superheroes, as he portrayed Corporal Eugene “Flash” Thompson in the first and third »
- Annakeara Stinson
Ben Affleck did his best to break the internet Monday by tweeting a short clip of the villain Deathstroke, who will appear in his upcoming Batman movie. Deathstroke will be the main villain in the film, The Wrap reports.
Deathstroke’s debut in DC comics came in 1980 in “New Teen Titans No. 2.” The villain whose real name is Slade Wilson is a skilled assassin with super strength and has played a role in Green Arrow’s rogues’ gallery. Other characters that have been enemies of Green Arrow include Brick, China White, Clock King, Constantine Drakon, Count Vertigo, »
- Graham Winfrey
Edinburgh, Scotland — And then there were seven more.
The BBC has commissioned a slate of new adaptations of works by mystery writer Agatha Christie following the critical and ratings success of star-studded thriller “And Then There Were None” for flagship channel BBC One last December. Agatha Christie Productions, the production arm of Agatha Christie Ltd., will deliver the seven new shows — to be aired on BBC One — over the next four years.
The first adaptation will be of the novel “Ordeal by Innocence,” which was written in the 1950s. As with “And Then There Were None,” Sarah Phelps will adapt “Ordeal by Innocence,” a psychological whodunit that Christie rated as one of her personal favorites. It will be executive produced by Hilary Strong and James Prichard for Agatha Christie Productions, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen, and Matthew Read for the BBC.
Other titles so far confirmed include “Death Comes as the End,” a »
- Leo Barraclough
Ben Affleck has another new directing gig, and it's not for a Batman movie. This one will actually take him back into the courtroom, which might remind him of another superhero he's played (in Daredevil, pictured). It's a new version of Witness for the Prosecution, based on the Agatha Christie story and previously made into a movie by Billy Wilder in 1957. Deadline reports that Affleck will also star in the drama and produce with Matt Damon and their partner,...
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Affleck will direct and star in new adaptation of Witness for the Prosecution, about a man accused of murdering a wealthy older woman
Affleck will presumably play the central character, a lawyer who is called to defend a man accused of the murder of a wealthy older woman, who bequeathed him her wealth without realising he was already married. In Wilder’s version, the lawyer was played by Charles Laughton, while Tyrone Power was the defendant and Marlene Dietrich played the suspect’s wife.
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- Henry Barnes and agencies
20th Century Fox is in talks with Ben Affleck to direct and star in an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution. Affleck will also produce the film alongside Matt Damon, Jennifer Todd and the Agatha Christie estate.
The film follows a lawyer representing a man accused of murdering a wealthy widow who had left him her estate. The suspect’s wife is called as a witness for the prosecution because she was married to another man when she wed the defendant, and soon fingers her husband for the murder in order to clear her conscience.
- Gary Collinson
Ben Affleck has quite the busy schedule in the next couple years. The filmmaker is just coming off directing his adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live By Night, and he’s currently in production on Justice League. Then sometime down the road he’s supposed to be at the helm of a solo Batman movie in which […]
- Ethan Anderton
Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is near to closing a deal with Ben Affleck for the Justice League star to direct and appear in a big screen adaptation of Witness for the Prosecution. Based on the short story by Agatha Christie, Christopher Keyser (Tyrant) is writing the screenplay and Matt Damon is among the producers bringing […]
- Josh Wilding
Ben Affleck has another new directing gig, and it's not for a Batman movie. This one will actually take him back into the courtroom, which might remind him of another superhero he's played. It's a new version of Witness for the Prosecution, based on the Agatha Christie story and previously made into a movie by Billy Wilder in 1957. Deadline reports that Affleck will also star in the drama and produce alongside Matt Damon and their partner Jennifer Todd. Presumably he will play the lawyer role filled by Charles Laughton in the first adaptation, because it might be too much Gone Girl repeat for him to play the Tyrone Power part of the defendant, who is accused of murdering a woman. Below is a trailer for that old version, which also...
- Christopher Campbell
After indulging in the superhero scene for Batman V Superman – not to mention that minor role in Suicide Squad – Ben Affleck has regained his directing appetite. Long before taking the reins on Warner’s solo Batman movie, Affleck will be headed to the Prohibition era for crime caper and passion project Live By Night. Though Deadline brings word today that the writer-director has hatched a new project over at 20th Century Fox.
It’s called Witness for the Prosecution, a new spin on the Agatha Christie short story that first graced screens back in ’57. Christopher Keyser is the scribe tasked with adapting the drama, while Ben Affleck will produce.
For the uninitiated, Witness for the Prosecution centers on a lawyer who “represents a man accused of murdering a wealthy widow with whom she became so infatuated that she left him her estate. The suspect’s wife, while initially unable to testify against her husband, »
- Michael Briers
As reported by Variety, Ben Affleck is in talks to direct and star in a remake of Billy Wilder’s 1957 Agatha Christie adaptation Witness For The Prosecution. The original film was nominated for six Academy Awards, so this project could be a return to the prestige of Argo-era Affleck. You know, back before he was swallowed up by the Justice League movie machine and had to deal with resting a movie’s emotional climax on the realization that his character’s mom and another character’s mom had the same name.
The original Witness For The Prosecution is about a lawyer who is tasked with representing a man accused of murdering a widow who left him a bunch of money in her will, with Affleck most likely playing the lawyer. The remake is being written by Christopher Keyser (Tyrant, Party Of Five), with Affleck, Jennifer Todd, and Affleck ...
- Sam Barsanti
While there are two Agatha Christie films already in the works, a third has just been announced, and it’s got quite the talent behind the camera. Witness For The Prosecution, a Christie short story that subsequently became a play and film in 1957, will be adapted by 20th Century Fox with Ben Affleck at the helm, Deadline reports. Between his role in the upcoming The Accountant, his recently wrapped Live by Night, and his upcoming Batfleck duel jobs (directing + starring), Affleck will now direct, star in, and produce this Christie story off a script by Christopher Keyser. Matt Damon, Jennifer Todd, and the Agatha Christie estate will also produce the picture which concerns a lawyer tasked with representing a man accused of murdering a widow, and the tangling, twisting story that unfurls because of it.
- Mike Mazzanti
Ben Affleck is quickly becoming one of the busiest men in Hollywood, and seems to be gettin' while the gettin' is good. He is currently busy reprising his role as Batman for Zack Snyder in Justice League and has already signed on to direct a solo Batman movie for Warner Bros. Now it looks like he is going to be taking on yet another directing project not involving a superhero. This time, it will be an adaptation of the Agatha Christie story Witness for the Prosecution.
Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox is closing the deal with Ben Affleck, who will both direct and star in the movie. Witness for the Prosecution was originally written as a short story by Christie, and was adapted to the big screen in 1957 by Some Like It Hot director Billy Wilder. That version was received very well, having been nominated for Six Academy awards, »
Tony Sokol Aug 22, 2016
The 1957 film noir courtroom drama Witness For The Prosecution was a film adaptation of a play by Agatha Christie, originally written in 1925. Witness For The Prosecution starred the legendary Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester and Tyrone Power. Adapted by Larry Marcus, Harry Kurnitz and Wilder, the movie got six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress and Best Director - meaning that the remake has big shoes to fill both in terms of its acting pedigree as well as critical acclaim. Indeed, the movie (and play) has a great pay-off that still packs a punch today.
Christopher Keyser who »
No one can ever accuse Ben Affleck of being lazy. As the actor/writer/director is putting the finishing touches on his next film, Live By Night, he's also waist-deep in the DC Extended Universe playing Batman, executive producing Justice League, and preparing to star in and direct the forthcoming standalone flick for the Caped Crusader. Now, according to a report from Deadline, Affleck is also nearing a deal with Fox that will have him directing and starring in another adaptation based on an Agatha Christie short story entitled Witness for the Prosecution.
The story was adapted by director Billy Wilder into a film back in 1957, and went on to receive six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. This new adaptation from Fox is set to be shot from a script from Tyrant and Party of Five writer Christopher Keyser, with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jennifer Todd, and the Agatha Christie »
- Joseph Medina
Ben Affleck is in talks to direct and star in a remake of the 1957 film, “Witness For The Prosecution”. Based on a short story by Agatha Christie, a veteran prosecutor must defend his client in a murder trail which delivers surprise after surprise. Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich starred in the original film directed […] »
- Rachel West
Ben Affleck is adding a new project to his already filled work plate. While the Oscar winner just recently wrapped “Live By Night” for Warner Bros, the filmmaker is in talks to direct and star in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s short story “Witness For The Prosecution” for Fox.
Affleck is set to produce the project alongside Matt Damon, Jennifer Todd and the Agatha Christie estate. Christopher Keyser, creator of “Party of Five,” will pen the script based on the story about a lawyer who represents a man accused of murdering a wealthy widow who named him her sole heir.
The courtroom drama was first adapted for the screen in 1957 by Billy Wilder and starred Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich. The picture garnered six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor and Actress. »
- Liz Calvario
Hollywood is falling in love with Agatha Christie again. Rival biopics about the famed mystery writer are in the works, and while 20th Century Fox is already gearing up a new take on “Murder On The Orient Express” directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, they got another filmmaker to do double duty on a Christie […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
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