BBC and Amazon are teaming up to bring to life a new TV adaptation based on Agatha Christie‘s Hercule Poirot. The two big studios have just unveiled the first image of John Malkovich in the role of the famous French detective.
The limited TV series will be based on the novel The A.B.C. Murders and it’s already starting filming. The script has been penned by Sarah Phelps, who had this to say about the plot: “Set in the seething, suspicious early 1930s, The ABC Murders is a brutal story of violence and lies, the long shadow of the past and the slaughter to come. At its centre, one of the most familiar, famous characters in crime fiction. We may all think we know Poirot but do we really know Hercule?”.
Given Phelps body of work, including another Agatha Christie’s adaptation and J.K. Rowling not-Potter project The Casual Vacancy, the new miniseries will surely draw from the already rich material that the books offer as well as have an extra spin given by Phelps’ capable hands.
Adding up to this, a well rounded cast has been sought to bring the project on the small screen once again. Joining Malkovich is Rupert Grint, Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Buchan, Shirley Henderson, Eamon Farren and many others.
As the last movie adaptation saw Kenneth Branagh taking up the role of the wry detective with the irresistible french accent, now the pandora box has been left open and we want more from the cult series created by Agatha Christie.
In the meantime, take a look at the first image released by BBC: