It has been revealed today that 20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel, And Then There Were None. Eric Heisserer is writing the script of the the 1939 novel, which has sold over 100 million copies to date, while The Imitation Game‘s Morten Tyldum is set to direct the adaptation.
As the best-selling mystery novel of all-time, the studio has apparently been trying to get this movie off the ground for years now, but struck gold when this latest pitch for a big screen version struck a chord with them. It also helps that Tyldum is apparently a huge fan of And Then There Were None, and it’s going to be very exciting to see this one come together.
Unfortunately, that probably won’t be for a while, as the filmmaker has only just started production on Passengers, a sci-fi film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Christie’s novel, here’s the plot synopsis:
Considered the best mystery novel ever written by many readers, And Then There Were None is the story of 10 strangers, each lured to Indian Island by a mysterious host. Once his guests have arrived, the host accuses each person of murder. Unable to leave the island, the guests begin to share their darkest secrets–until they begin to die.
It hasn’t been revealed whether this take on And Then There Were None will be set in the present day or the same period as the novel, but stay tuned for more on this one as it continues to develop.