Amazon is getting into the mystery business. The streaming studio announced the development of multiple TV series based on works by the iconic mystery writer Agatha Christie. The first of which will be Ordeal By Innocence, which has already started production in the U.K. with actors Bill Nighy and Alice Eve. Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries have been adapted many times over the years, and now Amazon will bring seven upcoming dramas based on the late writer’s work.
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 — for which he was accused 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.
The ensemble cast of Ordeal By Innocence includes the previously mentioned Bill Nighy and Alice Eve, as well as a great ensemble cast the likes of Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children), Matthew Goode (The Good Wife), Catherine Keener (Get Out), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), Luke Treadaway (Fortitude), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark), and Morven Christie (The A Word).
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 in 2015 and The Witness For The Prosecution in 2016. These series, as well as forthcoming adaptations from Agatha Christie Limited, will be available for members on Amazon Prime.
“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,” James Prichard, chairman, and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited stated. “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.”
“The brand of Agatha Christie resonates around the world,” added WME | IMG partner Chris Rice. “We couldn’t be happier to have Amazon as our U.S. home for this franchise. We think the series of specials will attract great auteurs and actors to create compelling content for audiences everywhere.”
The book was adapted for film in 1985 with Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, and Sarah Miles. It was also worked into the ITV Agatha Christie Marple series even though the popular detective did not appear in the original book.
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