Amazon’s new deal with Agatha Christie Limited includes page-to-small-screen adaptations of works by the queen of mystery.
Already in production in the UK is the adaptation of Ordeal By Innocence, which was first published in 1958.
The story centers on the Argyll family, following the sudden arrival of a man who claims that black sheep Jack Argyll could not have murdered the family’s tyrannical matriarch — the crime for which he was accused a year earlier. The family must come to terms with both Jack’s innocence and the fact that one of them may be the real murderer.
The ensemble cast includes Bill Nighy (Worricker Trilogy, Love Actually), Alice Eve (Black Mirror, Star Trek Into Darkness), Ella Purnell (Churchill, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, The Good Wife), Catherine Keener (Get Out, Capote), Ed Westwick (Snatch, Gossip Girl), Luke Treadaway (Fortitude, Clash of the Titans), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, The White Queen), and Morven Christie (Grantchester, The A Word).
Ordeal By Innocence is the first installment of what is to be a series of adaptations of Agatha Christie titles. The shows will be under the Amazon Original Series banner and available exclusively to Amazon Prime members in the US.
Mammoth Screen is producing Ordeal by Innocence, with Sarah Phelps writing and executive producing the miniseries. They had collaborated on the recent TV adaptations of And Then There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution — titles that, as another part of the deal, will become exclusive to Amazon Prime Video in the US subscription streaming space.
Titles for the other adaptations have not been released yet, so stay tuned for updates.