Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquires Agatha Christie Adaptation 'Crooked House' (Exclusive)

Neil LaBute is attached to direct the adaptation of Christie's classic novel, which he co-scripted with Julian Fellowes and Tim Rose Price.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all rights in the U.S., Canada and select international territories to Crooked House, an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel from Ealing Metro International.

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Neil LaBute is slated to direct the project from a script he wrote with Oscar winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey) and Tim Rose Price.

House is gearing up to cast with an eye on a fall start in London.

Joe Abrams and Rory Gilmartin of Brilliant Films are producing, with Marc Samuelson of Samuelson Productions. 

The producers are banking on Christie’s perennial popularity -- “Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages,” noted Abrams -- as well as hoping to attract the same older audience that made The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel into a $124 million worldwide hit.