Bill Nighy to Star in New Agatha Christie Adaptation

By July 10, 2017Adaptations, News, Television

Ordeal of Innocence coming from the BBC

Christmas is coming, a new Christie adaptation is expected from the BBC! The channel has offered many Christmas adaptations from Agatha Christie over the years and this year it’s the turn of the 1958 book, Ordeal of Innocence, expected as part of the Christmas programming on the BBC this festive season.

This week the BBC has made some announcements about the all-star cast for the adaptation with the big news that Bill Nighy is to lead the cast! Other stars will include Alice Eve from Star Trek Into Darkness, Ed Westwick of White Gold Fame, Star Wars’ Crystal Clarke, Matthew Goode from Downtown Abbey, Catherine Keener from Get Out, star of Fortitude Like Treadway, Anthony Boyle from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Miss Peregrine’s Ella Purnell.

This all star cast all but guarantee a thrilling adaptation of the novel first released in 1958. Keeping with Christie’s lifelong theme, this is a murder mystery and one of Christie’s later works. In it the author moved from the usual process of working out clues and more into the modern psychology we see from contemporary crime novels. While it wasn’t awfully well received at the time of release, it’s posthumously thought of as one of her better later works.

The only details about airing so far from the BBC is that Ordeal of Innocence will be a Christmas production, and thankfully Christmas isn’t coming just yet so if you do want to read Ordeal of Innocence before you watch the all star show then you probably have time to do so.

Julia Roberts to star in Chris Cleave novel adaptation

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Chris Cleave’s ambitious and powerful novel The Other Hand, known in the USA as Little Bee, is being adapted for Amazon this year.

The novel is a dual-narrative story which follows an asylum-seeker (Little Bee) from Nigeria and a British magazine editor, who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta, then re-unite in England many years later. The Other Hand humanises asylum-seekers in the UK and the struggles they go through. Cleave examines the asylum system in Britain, and how the country treats refugees. He also touches upon the very relevant subjects of British colonialism and globalisation.

Amazon Studios plan to adapt this passionate and humane book, and Hollywood star Julia Roberts has also jumped at the chance to get involved.

The Wonder actor will play the character Sarah O’ Rourke, the magazine editor who meets Little Bee during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta. She is also producing the project with Red Om Films.

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Little Women is back with a modern twist!

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Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women 150 years ago and since September 30th, 1868 it has inspired and entertained readers all over the world.

Many adaptations have been made- from TV to radio to movies- and now we have something new: a modern retelling of the classic story of sisterly love. Directed and screen-written by Clare Niederpruem with Kristi Shimek, this tale of family, love, and growing up will hopefully spark a whole new generation of Little Women fans.

The movie will star Lea Thompson as Marmee, Sarah Davenport as Jo, Melanie Stone as Meg, Allie Jennings as Beth, Elsie Jones as Young Amy, and Taylor Murphy as Older Amy.

It is released on September 28th 2018.

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Ewan McGregor Is Set to Star in ‘the Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

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Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is widely regarded as one of the best horror films of all time, and maybe even one of the best films period. The Shining novel was first published in 1977 and Kubrick’s adaptation followed in 1980. Decades after The Shining‘s initial publication, King then followed it up with a sequel in 2013 named Doctor Sleep. Read More

James McAvoy to star in Pullman’s His Dark Materials adaptation

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James McAvoy (X-Men) and Clarke Peters (The Wire) are signed up to star in a BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy novel series His Dark Materials. 

Based on Pullman’s trilogy of books: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, His Dark Materials is a complex tale of theology, physics, and philosophy featuring a range of mythical and mystical beings. It tells the story of two children, Lyra and Will, who wander through a series of parallel universes.

The new eight-part series is to be produced by Bad Wolf in June 2018. McAvoy is set to play Lord Asriel, the father of main character Lyra (to be played by Dafne Keen) and Peters will play the master who raises Lyra.

Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) will direct the series and it will be executively produced by a host of talent from the literary and entertainment industries: Pullman, Tranter, Gardner, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line; Piers Wenger and Ben Irving for BBC One and Deborah Forte for Scholastic.

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First Trailer Released for the ‘Girl in the Spider’s Web,’ Starring Claire Foy

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Claire Foy shot to fame in 2016 when Netflix aired the first season of the critically acclaimed historical drama The Crown, which starred Foy in the role of a young Queen Elizabeth II during the early years of her reign. Now Foy will be swapping the small screen for the big screen as she plays the role of Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming film adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Read More

‘Sharp Objects’ Official Trailer Released

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Last month HBO, released the first teaser trailer for its mini-series adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects. The series will star Amy Adams as Camille Preaker, a journalist who returns to her hometown to cover a series of brutal murders. As we reported, a teaser trailer was released earlier this year in April, and now HBO has released a full length trailer to get you excited. Read More



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