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Hugh Laurie, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans About Agatha Christie ?, BritBox – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Here is a big problem: lodge and The night manager Star Hugh Laurie has signed up to write, direct and produce an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel Why didn’t they ask Evans? for BritBox in North America.

The three-part limited series features the BBC studios and the largest US streamer’s commission owned by ITV to date, and the project will be hosted by Mammoth Screen, the Christie specialist behind the recent adaptations of And then there was none and The ABC murders, with John Malkovich.

Laurie was in love with Why didn’t they ask Evans? since he was a child and the book, first published in 1934, tells the story of Bobby Jones and his socialite friend Lady Frances Derwent, who discover the body of a dying man while searching for a golf ball.

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Jones and Derwent become amateur sleuths as they seek to unravel the mystery of the man, who has the image of a beautiful young woman in his pocket and, with his dying breath, asks the cryptic question that forms the title from the Serie. The amiable duo approach their investigation with a lightness that belies the danger they run.

It is not yet clear whether Laurie will play a leading role in the series, although Deadline understands that there is hope that he can play in one form or another. For now however, the Avenue 5 and Roadkill The actor is focused on adapting the novel, in what represents his first major television drama series in the writer and director’s chair.

“The hairs on the back of the neck haven’t set in properly since the first time I captured the beauty of the Essential Mystery. Since then, I have fallen more and more in love with the characters and I feel extremely honored to have had the chance to tell their story in this form, ”he said. “I’ll wear a tie on set and give him everything I have.”

Why didn’t they ask Evans? premieres in 2022 after Endeavor Content negotiated the commission. Endeavor Content will distribute the series outside of the UK, Ireland and the Americas. BritBox is becoming the home of Christie’s content after signing an agreement with its domain last year to host the most “comprehensive” collection of adaptations in North America.

Mammoth has a real pedigree when it comes to Christie and has in recent years worked with writer Sarah Phelps to reinvent the great author’s work for the BBC and Amazon, the most recent effort being last year. . The Pale Horse.

The original BritBox isn’t the first time Mammoth has taken on Why didn’t they ask Evans? after the company adapted the story into a feature film Marple episode for ITV in 2011. The drama starred Rafe Spall, Richard Briers and Samantha Bond.

Commenting on the Project Laurie, Mammoth TV Director and Executive Producer Helen Ziegler said, “Her dazzling scripts take the evil and intelligence of the original novel to a new level, and with Hugh sitting in the director’s chair. , this is truly going to be an author’s treat for Christie fans around the world. “

Emily Powers, Director of BritBox North America, said: “Hugh Laurie’s handwriting pays homage to the sparkle of Agatha Christie’s original mystery while adding a fresh wit, humor and creativity that will appeal to everyone. all audiences. ”

BritBox’s other North American originals include The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco and co-productions such as the True-Crime series by Luke Evans The Pembrokeshire Murders.

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