Oct 31, 2008

Entertainment - ITV to remake 8 Agatha Christie films

MUMBAI: The British commercial broadcaster ITV has renewed an output deal with producer Chorion for eight new Agatha Christie films.

The deal includes a new adaptation of Christie’s most famous novel, Murder on the Orient Express.

ITV said that it will air a new take on Murder on the Orient Express next year, featuring an all-star cast. It will be filmed during the 75th anniversary year of the first publication of Christie’s original 1934 novel.

The deal with Chorion, who owns rights to the Christie estate, also includes the production of four new Miss Marple films, starring Julia McKenzie, and four Hercule Poirot films, featuring David Suchet, expected to air in 2009-10.

ITV director of drama Laura Mackie said, “The franchises have enduring appeal for viewers. There is always an appetite for a really good whodunit, and these really are the best whodunits on television."

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