The 20th Century Fox project, which will be based on a script to be written by Tyrant screenwriter Christopher Keyser, will also see Affleck serve as a producer alongside Jennifer Todd, Matt Damon, and the estate of Agatha Christie, who wrote the short story that both the 1957 film and the upcoming remake are based on:
The story was previously adapted for the big screen in 1957 from Some Like It Hot and Sunset Boulevard director Billy Wilder. The film starred Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton and was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture.
The original short story is described as follows: “When wealthy spinster Emily French is found murdered, suspicion falls on Leonard Vole, the man to whom she hastily bequeathed her riches before she died. Leonard assures the investigators that his wife, Romaine Heilger, can provide them with an alibi. However, when questioned, Romaine informs the police that Vole returned home late that night covered in blood. During the trial, Ms. French’s housekeeper, Janet, gives damning evidence against Vole, and, as Romaine’s cross-examination begins, her motives come under scrutiny from the courtroom. One question remains, will justice prevail?”
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