BBC Greenlights Seven New Agatha Christie Adaptations

EDINBURGH — The BBC has commissioned Agatha Christie Productions, the production arm of Agatha Christie Limited, to deliver seven new Christie adaptations over the next four years. The shows will air on flagship channel BBC One. The deal follows the critical success of three-part thriller “And Then There Were None” for BBC One in December…. Read more »

Catalyst Options YA Fantasy Novel ‘Cuckoo Song’ For Event Mini – Edinburgh

UK-based Catalyst Global Media has optioned Frances Hardinge‘s fantasy/horror YA novel Cuckoo Song with an eye to turning it into an event miniseries. The coming-of-age tale centers on a girl wrestling with her identity and place in the world. Originally published in 2014, it was the first YA book to win the British Fantasy Awards top prize and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the James Herbert Award.
The story is set in 1920s England where a young girl wakes…

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‘Ordeal By Innocence’ To Kick Off Multi-Year Agatha Christie/BBC One Pact – Edinburgh

Agatha Christie Productions and BBC One have entered a deal for seven new Christie adaptations over the next four years. The first novel under the pact is Ordeal By Innocence which will be adapted by Sara Phelps. ACP is working with Mammoth Screen on the transfer. The book, which is one of Christie’s darker works and examines the psychology of innocence, is also said to have been one of the author’s personal favorites.
Other titles so far confirmed in the BBC deal include…

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Wild Bunch’s ‘150 Milligrams,’ from Emmanuelle Bercot, Opens San Sebastian

MADRID — Sold by Wild Bunch, Emmanuelle Bercot’s “La Fille de Brest” (150 Milligrams) will open the 64th San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile movie event in the Spanish-speaking world. The Sept. 16 opening night berth marks another step-up in status for France’s Bercot, fast emerging as one of Europe’s most prominent writer-director-actresses after her annus… Read more »

Jack Thorne, David Farr, Kelly Marcel Join Writing Team On ‘Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K Dick’ – Edinburgh

Channel 4 and Sony Pictures Television have enlisted a host of hot UK and U.S. writing talent for their upcoming 10-part anthology Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K Dick. Each episode of the series will act as a standalone drama, and be adapted and modernized for global audiences from Dick’s distinctive short stories. The five new writers added to the series are Harry Potter And The Cursed Child‘s Jack Thorne; The Night Manager‘s David Farr; Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Kel…

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Oscar-Winning Director Steve McQueen to Receive British Film Institute’s Fellowship

Oscar-winning director-writer-producer Steve McQueen will receive the British Film Institute’s highest accolade, the BFI Fellowship, at the BFI London Film Festival’s awards ceremony on Oct. 15 at London’s Banqueting House. Josh Berger, chair of the BFI, said: “He is one of the most influential and important British artists of the past 25 years and his… Read more »