Chorion, the company which owns the rights to Agatha Christie, has told the BBC that the deal for Disney to remake Miss Marple has not closed. The Brit rights company and its reps were unavailable to elaborate. There has been general scorn over here since Deadline revealed Disney’s idea of reinventing Miss Marple as a younger, sassier amateur sleuth, with Jennifer Garner attached to play Marple. Her Vandalia Films label will produce. Disney confirmed the deal had gone down. Agatha Christie’s biographer Laura Thompson said that the author would not have been happy with Disney’s desire to mess with tradition. MGM cast Margaret Rutherford as Marple after it bought the rights in the late 50s. But Christie even disliked Rutherford’s interpretation of Marple. She complained in one letter: “Why don’t they just invent a new character? Then they can have their cheap fun and leave me and my creations alone.” It’s difficult to see how a kickboxing hottie like Garner would work as Miss Marple, who is meant to be an elderly spinster living in the English village of St. Mary Mead. Mind you, at 38, Garner would not be called young, at least not by Hollywood standards. Should we take the estate’s unwillingness to confirm the deal as a clue they are having second thoughts after the outcry? I’ll let you know when estate reps ring me back to clear up the mystery.
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