What do Sherlock Holmes, Abraham Lincoln, and Agatha Christie have in common?
They’re all big-screen action heroes in period drapery, at least if Paramount’s “Agatha” makes it to theaters.
Black List screenwriter Annie Neal has been tapped to pen a script imagining the iconic mystery writer as a swashbuckling sleuth. The action-adventure film will focus on the eleven days that a 36-year-old Christie went missing in 1926, an event that led to a media frenzy. (It made the front page of the New York Times). After she was found at a hotel, she was diagnosed with amnesia, though it’s just as likely that Christie was overworked and mourning her mother’s death and the end of her (first) marriage. Derided at the time as a publicity stunt or a “Gone Girl”-like attempt to frame her unfaithful husband for murder, Christie — or at least her fictional counterpart — will assuredly get involved in even more fanciful scenarios in “Agatha.”
The author of more than 80 works of fiction, Christie once was third only to the Bible and Shakespeare in terms of book sales. The Guinness Book of Records names her as the best-selling novelist of all time. She died in 1976.