Amazon has murders planned. Now, before you rush to report this, let us tell you that the streaming service giant recently bought the rights of Agatha Christie’s novels.
The first adaptation will be of Christie’s 1958 novel Ordeal of Innocence. Already being worked on in the U.K., production on the series began earlier this month. The ensemble cast already signed on, include Catherine Keener of “Get Out,” Matthew Goode of “The Good Wife,” Bill Nighy of “Love Actually,” Ed Westwick of “Gossip Girl” and Ella Purnell of “Maleficent”.
This bloodthirsty tale ― supposedly one of Christie’s favorites ― begins with the murder of a rich philanthropist named Rachel Argyll, who is also the oppressive matriarch of the Argyll family. Her adopted son is arrested for the crime, although he maintains that he is innocent.
It is after Jack dies in prison that a man called Dr. Arthur Calgary shows up and confirms Jack’s alibi. The Argyll family then must accept the fact that Jack was indeed telling the truth after all. And that Rachel’s killer was somebody still among them. But who?
This thrilling tale is only the beginning of what is being adapted by Amazon. The others, which are all managed by the Agatha Christie Limited, are yet to be announced. It is important to say in this connection that, two previous Christie-based films, adapted by BBC One, will also be available for streaming – which are “And Then There Were None” and “The Witness for the Prosecution.”
Gear up! Your lazy weekends are going to get a lot better, if curling up on the couch and watching mystery is indeed your cup of tea.