Julie Andrews, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, and Gabriel Byrne to Star in Agatha Christe Adaptation CROOKED HOUSE; Neil LaBute Will Direct

     May 14, 2011


Julie Andrews, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, and Gabriel Byrne have signed on to star in an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel Crooked House.  In the murder mystery is set against “the backdrop of three generations of a family that lives together in a large and seemingly crooked house.”  Every member of the eccentric family has motive to have killed the multimillionaire patriarch, Aristide Leonide.  Neil LaBute (Death at a Funeral) will direct from a script by Julian Fellowes (The Tourist) and Tim Rose Price (The Serpent’s Kiss).  The $20 million production is scheduled to shoot this summer in the U.K.  The story calls for a large ensemble, so expect more casting notices in the near future.  Andrews, Goode, and Byrne — and sure, let’s throw in the lovely Arterton — is a very good start.

Read a quote from LaBute and the full book synopsis after the jump.

LaBute told Variety:

“The story has a couple of fresh sides to it that I didn’t remember from Christie’s work. There’s a love story, which didn’t feature strongly in many of her books, so that seemed very different to me and fresh. Plus it’s quite morally ambiguous, which also appealed to me.”

This is one of two Christie stories in development.  Disney is working on a wild reinvention of the elderly detective Miss Marple, aging the character down to the point that Jennifer Garner will star.

Here’s the full synopsis for Crooked House:

The Leonides are one big happy family living 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 reckoned without the tenacity of Charles Hayward, fiancé of the late millionaire’s granddaughter. [Amazon]


Around The Web

Latest News

Jeff Nichols’ Sci-Fi Film MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Pushed to 2016

Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, and Adam Driver lead the original story, which was initially set for release this November.

First Images for Charlie Kaufman’s ANOMALISA and DEMOLITION Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Kaufman makes his stop-motion animation debut, while Gyllenhaal fronts an intense drama from the director of 'Dallas Buyers Club'.


Ridley Scott's sci-fi film will world premiere in Toronto along with a new documentary from Michael Moore, the Bryan Cranston-fronted 'Trumbo', and more.

Tig Notaro, Eugene Mirman Lead FUN FUN FUN FEST Lineup

The Austin, TX festival kicks off in November.

FANTASTIC FOUR Trailer Mashup Wonderfully Blends New Film with Roger Corman’s Movie

I want to see this film.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Jesse Eisenberg Goes Full Silicon Valley in New Images

The titular heroes get their brood on while Lex lives it up on his personal basketball court.

Ryan Reynolds Is Unmasked in New DEADPOOL Images

The Merc with a Mouth wasn't always so red.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DC Entertainment Confirms Tao Okamoto’s Role

She is who you think she is.

Seth Rogen Christmas Comedy X-MAS Now Titled THE NIGHT BEFORE

The new film from '50/50' director Jonathan Levine also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie.

Christopher McQuarrie Talks MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5, Easter Eggs and More

He also reveals how much CG is in the underwater sequence and if there's a 'Mission: Impossible' bible.

Page 1 of 4,06212345...102030...Last »