Monday, March 21, 2011

Julian Fellowes to Adapt Crooked House, an Agatha Christie Mystery, for Film

Crooked House by Agatha Christie
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Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) is adapting Agatha Christie's mystery Crooked House for film. Originally published in 1949, it is one of several novels by the author that do not feature a series character.

The book centers on the three generations of Leonides, one big Anglo-Greek family living happily in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. That is until the head of the household, Aristide, is murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection. Suspicion naturally falls on the old man's young widow, fifty years his junior. But the murderer has not reckoned with the tenacity of Charles Hayward, fiancé of Sophia, the late millionaire's granddaughter, who must find the killer before he can marry her.

In an interview with The Independent, Fellowes says, "I love Christie and don't think it's at all dated," he said. "It's one of those things that never go stale: murder in a genteel setting appeals to audiences in Britain and around the world."

(Source: The Independent)

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