July 4, 2015

Updating Agatha Christie

The Agatha Christie estate, led by Mathew Pritchard, Dame Agatha's grandson, is plotting to re-invigorate the brand by livening up the writer's traditionally "cosy" stories with lots of murders--apparently more than she originally wrote. And with a lot more violence. According to this story from the Guardian, the first reboot will feature Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, Agatha's "partners in crime," and will be much more adventure-packed than the version which starred James Warwick and Francesca Annis some years ago. To follow: remakes of the novels Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None, both of which have been made before, as quite successful films (Murder (1974) starring Albert Finney and a lot of other Hollywood icons including Jacqueline Bisset, Lauren Bacall and Sean Connery, and And Then There Were None (1945) starring Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, and Louis Hayward.

Meanwhile, on the occasion of Dame Agatha's 125th birthday, food writer Anne Martinetti created a number of recipes mentioned in Christie's novels as linked to murder.  Anyone up for a piece of "Delicious Death" from A Murder Is Announced?

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