Director Kevin Macdonald Needs to Solve a 'Murder Mystery'
by Ethan Anderton
March 10, 2010
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?