20th Century Fox has picked up the feature rights to Agatha Christie’s iconic mystery novel AND THEN THERE WERE NONE and has set The Imitation Game helmer Morten Tyldum to direct. Eric Heisserer, who scripted the Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing remakes, has been brought in to adapt the top-selling mystery novel. Shawn Levy, who has been pursuing the rights for years, is producing under his 21 Laps banner, along with Laps’ Dan Levine and Dan Cohen. Hilary Strong and Christie’s estate (Agatha Christie Productions) are also producing, while Daria Cercek oversees for Fox.
The best-selling mystery novel of all time, And Then There Were None follows ten strangers who are summoned to Soldier Island under false pretenses. From there, they’re trapped and slowly picked off one by one, learning that they’re being targeted because they all share one similar trait: they’ve each escaped punishment for crimes that they’ve committed. As the ten slowly dwindle, they come to discover that the murderer is among them.
The iconic story has been referenced in nearly every form of media and the storytelling device that Christie employs has been adapted countless times since. There have also been several film and television adaptations of the book worldwide. Sources confirm that this time Levy and his team pitched a take that excited the Christie estate enough to sell the rights.
Ever since Imitation Game received a handful of Oscar nominations, Tyldum has become an insanely hot director that every studio is clamoring to work with. He’ll next direct Sony’s original sci-fi/romance Passengers, which has long been in development at the studio. The Jon Spaights-scripted pic will star Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor