EXCLUSIVE: Miramax TV has opted for the rights to Nina de Gramont’s next novel The Christie case, a reinvention of the disappearance of Agatha Christie in 11 days, to be developed and produced in a limited series. British writer Juliette Towhidi (Girls Calendar) is defined to write the adaptation.
In 1926, when her husband’s affair became public knowledge, Agatha Christie disappeared for eleven days. This re-imagining is told through the eyes of her husband’s mistress, Nan O’Dea (a fictional version of her real-life lover, Nancy Neele). Agatha and Nan transform from competitors into unlikely allies as the world around them remains obscured, unable to grasp the intricacies of each woman’s relationship to her past and female identity. Located primarily in the beautiful and historic British spa town of Harrogate, The Christie case is part a great love story – but not the one you’d expect – part an exploration of the bonds of femininity and part a murder mystery to rival one of Christie’s now very famous stories.
Miramax will produce with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Rich Green and DJ Goldberg of the Gotham Group.
âNina de Gramont has written a surprisingly intelligent, layered and immersive novel, offering a fascinating insight into history, with the astonishing and peculiar demise of Agatha Christie,â said Marc Helwig, director of global television, Miramax TV. “This story is reminiscent of one of Christie’s enigmatic works, and we’re excited to work with Juliette Towhidi and our partners at The Gotham Group to bring this truly gripping murder mystery to screen.
The Christie case is part of Miramax TV’s push to create premium content for the international market and the latest UK series in the works as the company ramped up its London-based operations. He has The English patient, a TV series adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel, in preparation for the BBC and also recently teamed up with Dominic Treadwell-Collins on an adaptation of Jim Cartwright’s play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which inspired the 1998 film Miramax Small voice.
St. Martin’s Press, which has The Christie case as a preventive measure for seven figures, will publish it on February 1, 2022. De Gramont is represented by Peter Steinberg of Fletcher & Company.
Towhidi’s writing credits also include the BBC / PBS Masterpiece production of Death comes to Pemberley, as well as the films Youth Testament, and I love Rosie. She is replaced by Casarotto.