Disney loves a good murder. Just look at Tommy Kirk’s career! (RImshot.)* Well, they’re back in the murder business today: the House of Mouse has acquired the rights to Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series. One of Christie’s most famous creations, Marple is an elderly spinster who solves mysteries when she’s not knitting afghans or eating crumpets. Judi Dench hasn’t signed yet, but it’s only a matter of time. Hollywood Reporter had the story.
Miss Marple has a long history of cinematic adaptations, dating back to Murder, She Said in 1961, the first of four movies to start Dame Margaret Rutherford (The Importance of Being Earnest) as ‘The Bloody Biddy.’ (That’s our expression, we just now made it up, and expect to be compensated for its future use.) Angela Lansbury played the Miss Marple in the star-studded 1980 film The Mirror Crack’d, and most recently Geraldine McEwan (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) and Julia McKenzie (Notes on a Scandal) portrayed the character in a series of BBC series which began in 2004.
The screenplay for the upcoming feature film will be written by Mark Frost, one of the creators of Twin Peaks, so he clearly knows a thing or two about small-town murders. And owls, which may or may not be relevant to Miss Marple, but they certainly aren’t what they seem…
Crave Online will be back as soon as they officially cast Judi Dench. I mean honestly, who else?
*Yeah, that’s a low blow. Sorry, Tommy.