Murder-mystery novelist Agatha Christie.
Same-subject movies coming out at the same time aren’t necessarily unheard of; Deep Impact and Armageddon (May and July, 1998), Dante’s Peak and Volcano (February and April 1997), Mission to Mars and Red Planet (March and November 2000), The Illusionist and The Prestige (August and October 2006). Now a new pair of movies will be joining the list, focused around the life of famous murder-mystery author Agatha Christie. Paramount has signed Oscar-nominee Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man, Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) to star as Christie during her 11 day disappearance in 1926. Sony, however, has signed Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) to star in Sony’s production, which focuses on the author’s youthful days as a pro-feminist supporter.
While these films focus on specific times of Christie’s life, her career as an author is quite extensive, and has not gone unnoticed by Hollywood over the years. The Coming of Mr. Quinn, Death on the Nile, and Murder on the Orient Express have all been adapted to films over the years. Christie’s disappearance was also the subject of the 1979 film Agatha with Vanessa Redgrave (Mission Impossible, Atonement) and Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Rain Man). A remake of Murder on the Orient Express is also expected to start filming for release in 2017 with Angelina Jolie in the cast. Needless to say there seems to be a renewed interest in Christie’s work, so don’t be surprised to see more upcoming adaptations in the next few years. Check back for more news!