12:17pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Lifetime Getting Into the Agatha Christie Business
Agatha Christie is getting a new TV home in the U.S. Lifetime announced Monday that it's partnered with BBC One on a miniseries adaptation of the best-selling crime novelist's And Then There Were None.
The co-production marks several firsts for a Christie project. The BBC only recently nabbed TV rights to the late prolific author's catalog after two decades of airing on ITV and — in the U.S. — on PBS. Lifetime parent A+E will handle international distribution for the project, which just started shooting in the U.K. under the the A+E Studios International.
And Then There Were None is one of Christie's best-selling works with over 100 million copies sold since its 1939 publication. The cast includes Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Sam Neill and Miranda Richardson.
The story focuses on ten strangers lured to a remote island off the English coast before, in true Christie fashion, they start mysteriously dying one by one.
Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy) is writing, and Craig Viveiros is directing.