Julian Fellowes takes on Agatha Christie’s Crooked House

From The Independent – Julian Fellowes, the pen behind PBS’ Downton Abbey and GK Films’ The Young Victoria, plans to bring Agatha Christie back in style with a feature adaptation of Christie’s classic whodunit, Crooked House – a novel Christie often acknowledged as one of her favorites. Set in London just after World War II, the story follows Charles Hayward as he investigates the murder of his fiancée’s grandfather, a poisoning that throws suspicion on the entire family. Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man) is set to direct.

Agatha Christie and Julian Fellowes, together on the big screen – it’s like a PBS fan dream.

Book Jacket:

In the sprawling, half-timbered mansion in the affluent suburb of Swinly Dean, Aristide Leonides lies dead from barbiturate poisoning. An accident? Not likely. In fact, suspicion has already fallen on his luscious widow, a cunning beauty fifty years his junior, set to inherit a sizeable fortune, and rumored to be carrying on with a strapping young tutor comfortably ensconced in the family estate. But criminologist Charles Hayward is casting his own doubts on the innocence of the entire Leonides brood. He knows them intimately. And he’s certain that in a crooked house such as Three Gables, no one’s on the level…