Ben Affleck is also remaking Witness For The Prosecution
Just one week after the BBC’s announcement that it is adapting The Witness For The Prosecution into a new two-part drama, Ben Affleck is reportedly negotiating with Fox to direct and star in his own adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1932 crime classic.
According to Deadline, Christopher Keyser (Party of Five) will write the script, while Affleck will produce alongside Jennifer Todd, Matt Damon, and the Agatha Christie estate.
Meanwhile Kim Cattrall, Toby Jones and Andrea Riseborough are set to star in the BBC production, which is now filming in Liverpool under the direction of Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots, Becoming Jane).
Billy Wilder’s 1957 film adaptation of the story – which investigates the murder of a wealthy heiress and starred Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton – received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, and Best Director. We shall have to wait and see whether Affleck’s version and/or the BBC mini series live up to the critical acclaim of that production.
Ben Affleck can next be seen in the new thriller The Accountant, which hits UK cinemas on November 4th.