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Dial M for Murder is getting a refresh.
Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos) and Alicia Vikander are teaming with MGM/UA Television to develop an anthology drama based on Frederick Knott’s play and subsequent feature film of the same name. Vikander is being eyed to star in the series as well as exec produce. A network is not yet attached.
Designed as an anthology series that will reset each season, the new take reimagines Knott’s 1952 play and 1954 Alfred Hitchcock feature and will tell the crime thriller from the female perspective. Both
Michael Mitnick, who previously worked with Winter on the latter’s short-lived HBO music drama Vinyl, created the new M for Murder take. Winter will oversee the creative and executive produce the series alongside Vikander and her London-based agent and Vikarious Film banner topper Charles Collier. Andrew Mittman of 1.21 and Lloyd Braun will also exec produce.
Dial M for Murder would be Vikander’s debut as a series regular on U.S. television. Her feature credits include Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Tomb Raider 2. Vikander is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management.
Winter, meanwhile, recently signed on to write and exec produce the HBO Max TV series spinoff of Matt Reeves’ The Batman. He’s also developing a mob drama at Showtime. He’s repped by CAA.
This would not be the first time that Dial M for Murder has been attempted for television. (Technically, the play first aired on BBC TV before it was performed in London’s West End.) NBC aired a TV film with the original Broadway cast in 1958 and ABC aired a two-hour color version in 1968. Angie Dickinson and Christopher Plummer also starred in a 1981 feature. The original film, starring Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings, revolved around a husband who kills his wife after she has an affair with a crime fiction writer.
The new Dial M for Murder is from MGM/UA Television, which launched earlier this year and is overseen by Steve Stark, president of scripted at MGM. The unit is a division of MGM Worldwide Television Group, which is overseen by chairman Mark Burnett. MGM Television is the studio behind Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, FX’s Fargo and Epix’s Perpetual Grace LTD. MGM/UA replaces MGM Scripted Television.
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