Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Charlize Theron to Co-Produce, May Star in Murder Mystery

Mystery, Suspense and Thriller Film News

The phrase "comedic murder mystery" always makes us cringe a little bit. Not so much in the context of a book, but when applied to a film. So many have tried, yet there are so few memorable titles … Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? … the early "Pink Panther" films … Kiss Kiss Bang Bang … come to mind, but this really isn't a stellar list by any means.

That doesn't stop producers from trying. The latest is the simply titled Murder Mystery, with John Madden ("Inspector Morse", The Debt) directing a script by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spiderman). Charlize Theron is co-producing and is negotiating to star. (That fact alone is probably enough to capture our interest.) No specific details on the plot are known, but here's the general storyline: An affectionate deconstruction of an Agatha Christie-style thriller involving comedy, action, and mystery centered on an American couple traveling abroad.

We'll try to keep an open mind.

(Related article: The Hollywood Reporter.)


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