With Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes having opened the studios’ doors for sexy re-imaginings of classic literary detectives, Disney has announced that Jennifer Garner will produce and star in a new film franchise featuring Agatha Christie’s beloved amateur sleuth Miss Marple.
From 1927 to 1971, twelve of the legendary British mystery writer’s 80 crime novels and many of her short stories were centered around Jane Marple, an elderly English spinster whose frail, dotty outward appearance hid a sharp mind and an unflagging insight into the worst of human nature.
In the past, Marple was played on screen by Margaret Rutherford in four films from the 1960s and then by Angela Lansbury in 1980′s The Mirror Crack’d. In fact, Lansbury’s 1984 TV series Murder, She Wrote was originally going to be an American take on Miss Marple.
The new Disney version with Garner will be set in contemporary times and with Garner obviously playing Christie’s detective much, much younger. It’s unclear yet whether or not the new Miss Marple will be English or American. Mark Frost, the co-creator of Twin Peaks, will be writing the script.
Needless to say, this announcement has Christie and Marple fans a wee bit distressed. After all, you could argue that the entire point of the Marple character is that her age and seeming harmlessness are what make her a unique and compelling crime solver.
What say you all? Can Disney and Garner come up with a fun, fresh take on an old classic? Or is a young Marple like having a non-Belgian Hercule Poirot or a skinny Nero Wolfe?
Sound off “yay,” “nay” or “maybe” in the comments below!