Will Gluck to Direct Stylized Biopic of Crime Novelist Agatha Christie
by Ben Pearson
March 5, 2013
Author Agatha Christie was one of the most famous writers in history, writing over 60 detective novels, a handful of short stories, and a few plays from the 1920s until her death in 1976. Her work has been translated into over 30 films, including Midnight on the Orient Express, Ten Little Indians, and Witness for the Prosecution. Deadline reports that Paramount has just purchased a spec script from writer Allison Schroeder called Agatha, which offers an action adventure take on what happened during the eleven days when the real Christie actually went missing in 1926 and, Easy A director Will Gluck is attached to direct.
Details are being kept close to the chest at this point, but the tone is described as "a female Sherlock Holmes meets Romancing The Stone." This wouldn't be the first time a real-life mystery provided the basis for a narrative feature: last year, James McTeigue gave us The Raven, the John Cusack-starrer in which Cusack played Edgar Allan Poe and offered a cinematic interpretation of the last days of Poe's real life. That film turned out terribly, so let's hope that the combination of Schroeder (who got her start as a production assistant and has only written Mean Girls 2 so far), a talented director like Gluck, and the interesting source material of Agatha Christie's life provides us with some better entertainment in the coming days.
No word yet on when Agatha will go before cameras, but Gluck is staying awfully busy right now. He's rewriting Annie and will direct that musical for Sony, and he has a bunch of other projects in development, including the true-life comedy Skyjack, action comedy Secretaries Day, and yet another real-life story called Sex on the Moon about a NASA intern who tries to sell a moon rock to impress a girl. We're guessing Annie is the priority for Gluck since that film already has a 2014 release in mind, but stay tuned.