Two films centering on famous mystery writer Agatha Christie are vying for approval from Christie’s estate in order to proceed.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, in Sony’s version (“Agatha Christie”), Alicia Vikander is being courted to play Christie in her “proto-feminist” years, unhappy with societal expectations of a young mother and wife.
In Paramount’s “Agatha,” Emma Stone is being eyed to play the renowned author during the eleven days she went missing in 1926. No one knows why Christie disappeared. Neither film has announced potential directors or writers.
The outlet notes that both films first need to gain approval from the Christie estate, something that can take years to accomplish.
It reportedly took Fox seven years to do just that for its film “Orient Express,” which is only just now going into production this November with an expected release date of 2017. The film is reportedly going to be directed by Kenneth Branagh and Angelina Jolie is said to have a “major role” in the film.
On the subject of attaining the rights to the film, “Orient Express” producer Simon Kinberg said, “There was a very complicated legal negotiation behind getting the rights. But Agatha’s grandson [Mathew Prichard] was always supportive of our doing it and is so excited now that we have this great script by Michael Green.”
Another adaptation of a classic Christie novel, “And Then There Were None,” is going into production through 20th Century Fox. Morten Tyldum is set to direct that feature.
Stay tuned for more information on the status of “Agatha Christie” and “Agatha.”