Crooked House, one of Agatha Christie's two favourite novels, is about to be made into a film with script written by Lord Julian Fellowes. The book is set just after WW2 and will be directed by Neil Labute, with filming to take place later this year in London.
Fellowes said: "I love the period, I love Agatha Christie and I love the idea of reinventing it. It will be exciting to work with a really vivid, contemporary director – he's one of the originals around at the moment."
To current suggestions that Christie's tales have lost their appeal, Fellowes replied, "I love Christie and don't think it's at all dated," he said. "It's one of those things that never go stale: murder in a genteel setting appeals to audiences in Britain and around the world. I first read them as I was growing up. We had a holiday cottage in Ireland, and when I was 16 I discovered my first tranche of Agatha Christie novels."
Crooked House details the story of Charles Hayward who is told by his fiancee Sophie that she cannot marry him until her grandfather’s killer is brought to justice.
Article in Guardian with director Neil Labute