In a move that is sure to excite fans of British author Agatha Christie, Disney has acquired the film rights to Christie’s senior detective, Miss Jane Marple. Per THR, Mark Frost (Fantastic Four and Twin Peaks) has been hired to pen Miss Marple’s latest adventure while placing it within a contemporary context. Marple made her first appearance in Christie’s 1927 short story “The Tuesday Night Club” and made her big screen debut in 1961 in Murder, She Said being played by Margaret Rutherford. Angela Lansbury later made a turn as the wily sleuth in 1980′s The Mirror Crack’d. Of course, Lansbury would also go on to play a similar character, the mystery writer/amateur detective Jessica Fletcher, in your grandmother’s favorite television series, Murder, She Wrote.
[Update: Jennifer Garner will produce and star as a younger version of Miss Marple.]