Disney Lands Rights to Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple – UPDATE: Jennifer Garner to Produce and Star

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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.]

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  • Ringbearer1420

    Oh great now Disney can make Miss Marple a 25 year old.

  • kevin shaffer

    why do they have to modernize classics,just leave them in the same era the original.thats how they screwed up the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies.

  • D.

    Uh, this is not good…

  • cubrasutos

    If by ‘excite’ you mean ‘mightily annoy’, then you’d be right.

  • king1and

    100% of British fans of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple will be up in arms over this. Unfortunately most Americans won’t know the character and so just treat it as another film. Obviously Jennifer Garner is trying to cash in on Sherlock Holmes popularity and hopes it will be as popular as that, what a shambles.

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  • Foster

    This is one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard. A younger version of Miss Marple? As a Christie fan I am horrified and as an American I’m embarrassed. We can’t stop you, but I truly hope the execs at Disney, Miss Garner, the writers and anyone else involved drink poison before this film happens.

  • Pingo

    Pretty sure (fingers crossed, in fact) that this film will flop mightily. That’ll teach Disney and Garner to poke it’s nose where it doesn’t belong!
    Have always been a big fan of Disney but this certainly changes things for me; where is the love and effort that used to go into their films?? By casting Garner instead of an old dear, they’re taking away the main subject of the novels. Sure, make a movie about some twenty-something bimbo wannabe sleuth, but don’t call her Miss Marple. The cheek!!

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