Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Miss Marple Update

Hollywood Entertainment Breaking News - Nikki Finke on "Chorion, the company which owns the rights to Agatha Christie, has told the BBC that the deal for Disney to remake Miss Marple has not closed. The Brit rights company and its reps were unavailable to elaborate. There has been general scorn over here since Deadline revealed Disney’s idea of reinventing Miss Marple as a younger, sassier amateur sleuth, with Jennifer Garner attached to play Marple. Her Vandalia Films label will produce. Disney confirmed the deal had gone down. Agatha Christie’s biographer Laura Thompson said that the author would not have been happy with Disney’s desire to mess with tradition. MGM cast Margaret Rutherford as Marple after it bought the rights in the late 50s. But Christie even disliked Rutherford’s interpretation of Marple. She complained in one letter: “Why don’t they just invent a new character? Then they can have their cheap fun and leave me and my creations alone.”"


pattinase (abbott) said...

Amen to Christie's comments. This is ludicrous. Like there are not enough films for young actresses.

Deb said...

Although she may have privately disliked Rutherford's interpretation of Miss Marple (and I think it's fair to say that Rutherford's Marple was a little, well, "broad"), Christie did dedicate one of her books to Rutherford.