Amazon Inks Deal for Agatha Christie Adaptations, Sets 'Ordeal by Innocence' Series

The streamer has set a multiyear deal with Agatha Christie Limited, which manages the literary and media rights to the author's works.
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In a bid to bulk up its international productions, Amazon is going all in on Agatha Christie.

The streaming service is adding a series of adaptations to its originals lineup from Agatha Christie Limited, the company that manages the literary and media rights to the late English crime novelist's works.

The first show to come from the deal is an adaptation of Ordeal by Innocence, which began production earlier this month in the U.K. The drama will feature an ensemble cast that includes Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Matthew Goode (The Good Wife), Catherine Keener (Get Out), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), Luke Treadaway (Fortitude), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) and Morven Christie (The A Word).

In Ordeal by Innocence, old wounds are reopened for the Argyll family when a man suddenly turns up and claims that the black sheep of the family, Jack Argyll, could not have murdered its tyrannical matriarch — which he was accused of just one year earlier. The family must come to terms with Jack’s innocence and with the fact that one of them may be the real murderer.

Amazon’s deal with Agatha Christie Limited continues its partnership with production company Mammoth Screen. Ordeal by Innocence also reunites Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen with writer and executive producer Sarah Phelps, following the critical success of BBC One’s And Then There Were None in December 2015 and The Witness for the Prosecution in December 2016. Amazon Prime will be the exclusive premium subscription streaming home for both series in the U.S.

“We are thrilled to bring to our slate these adaptations from the world’s greatest mystery writer,” said Morgan Wandell, head of international series at Amazon Studios. “With terrific talent, in front of and behind the camera, they are sure to delight our customers.”

“We are delighted to be working with Amazon in the TV space. They have obviously played a massive part in our book business over the past few years, and it is exciting to move with them onto Prime Video in the U.S.,” added James Prichard, chairman and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited.

IMG will handle international sales for the project. WME negotiated the deal with Amazon.

July 18, 7:22 a.m. An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Sky would be handling international distribution rights. The Hollywood Reporter regrets the error.

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