Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Amazon Announces Deal for Agatha Christie Adaptations, Sets 'Ordeal by Innocence' Series

In a move to increase its international productions, Amazon has announced a deal for a series of adaptations from Agatha Christie Limited, the company that manages the literary and media rights to the late English crime novelist's works. 

The first show to be a part of this deal is an adaptation of Ordeal by Innocence, which began production earlier this month in the U.K. The drama stars Bill Nighy, Alice Eve, Ella Purnell, Matthew Goode, Catherine Keener, Ed Westwick, Luke Treadaway, Eleanor Tomlinson and Morven Christie.

In Ordeal by Innocence, old wounds are reopened for the Argyll family when a man suddenly turns up and claims that the black sheep of the family, Jack Argyll, could not have murdered its tyrannical matriarch - which he was accused of just one year earlier. The family must come to terms with Jack's innocence and with the fact that one of them may be the real murderer.

Ordeal by Innocence reunites Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen with writer and executive producer Sarah Phelps, following the critical success of BBC One's And Then There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution.

"We are thrilled to bring to our slate these adaptations from the world's greatest mystery writer," said Morgan Wandell, Head of International Series, Amazon Studios. "With terrific talent, in front of and behind the camera, they are sure to delight our customers."

"We are delighted to be working with Amazon in the TV space. They have obviously played a massive part in our book business over the past few years, and it is exciting to move with them onto Prime Video in the U.S.," added James Prichard, Chairman and CEO, Agatha Christie Limited.