Director Kevin Macdonald Needs to Solve a 'Murder Mystery'

March 10, 2010

Kevin Macdonald

Despite how good the British mini-series, which inspired director Kevin Macdonald's last film State of Play, may actually be (I haven't seen it), I still enjoyed the film version quite a bit. Though not as powerful, it plays like a contemporary All the President's Men and I had no qualms other than Ben Affleck's mediocre performance. So I'm pleased to now hear that Macdonald will be bringing his talents to a somewhat generic project as Variety reports he will direct Murder Mystery, the story an American couple honeymooning in Europe who are implicated when they witness a murder and wind up embroiled in international intrigue.

The script is written by James Vanderbilt who wrote Zodiac, another intriguing murder mystery, and is also working on the script for Sony's Spider-Man reboot. The project is the first from new production company Tower Hill Entertainment, a new start-up from William Shively, an entrepreneur who owns a Florida-based insurance company and Dixiana Farms in Lexington, Kentucky. Producer A.J. Dix spouted off pitch-worthy hype saying, "Murder Mystery is pure entertainment. It's exciting, suspenseful and romantic." This project is currently casting, so we'll be sure to let you know once any big names get attached. Sound good?

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  • movie mike
    Dude, ben afleck was the best preformance in state of play!
  • Bryan
    Ben Affleck's performance in State of Play single handedly changed my thoughts on his acting ability. It was an incredible performance! What movie were you watching??
  • Craig
    I'm always game for a good murder mystery, but couldn't they have come up with a better title?
  • People's Champ
    Affleck was really good in State of Play and Hollywoodland.
  • tati
    The State of Play miniseries blew away the movie. We couldn't even watch the film all the way through, after having watched the mini-series. If you haven't seen it, make a point to do so. Excellent cast and performances and, if you don't know the story, rather suspenseful til the end.




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