Jennifer Garner will play Miss Marple in a re-imagining of Agatha Christie's sleuth. But don't think for a minute Garner will break out the age-enhancing cosmetics. This is to be a more youthful take on the franchise, with Miss Marple being in her 30s.
Doesn't this basically make her a Nancy Drew?
I remember watching Miss Marple TV shows as a kid. Part of the fun is that she wasn't a hip prototypical detective. This move seems like a serious mistake. It'd be like rebooting Murder, She Wrote with Britney Spears as the lead.
Here are the details: http://tinyurl.com/4ghjj4d
What do you think?
I'm very doubtful. Miss Marple was never in her thirties. Perhaps these are Marple-esque new stories? One has big problems imagining a thirty-year-old female having nothing to do but to putter in the garden and attend vicarage teas.
It makes one think they might have a modern liberated woman in mind, but that I cannot at all plug into the existing plots.
Will we next get a youthful Poirot? Actually easier to imagine.
Not public domain, the estate is saying the deal isn't closed:
......er....wasn't the whole point of Miss Marple that no-one would believe such a genteel elderly lady would have such a rapier mind.......
I just don't see how some of the plots will translate to a younger character in a modern setting. Half their charm is the iconoclastic play between dastardly deed and quaint English lifestyle in sleepy little villages!
Don't mess with Agatha's creation - she ain't broke and she doesn't need fixing!
As a huge Christie fan, there is not enough of the letter "o" in the world to add on to the word "no" to describe this. What on earth would possess a Hollywood director to think this was a good idea? What the hell is the point of the Marple series if the main character is replaced?
Why? Why? Why?
I bet they'll even change the title too. "Ms Marple" is so much more fitting of a modern, young detective, after all. Plus let's not forget the Hollywood staples of Romantic Sub-Plot and Generic Sequence of Explosions. (Even British studios have fallen into that trap recently - Sherlock Holmes, anyone?)
I'm seriously angry right now. This makes no sense, even down to the fundamental idea of a Marple feature-length movie. 2-hour BBC or ITV production, yes. Hollywood movie? Why?
The final kick in the teeth is the lack of an English actress, although I know that's not the be-all and end-all of the matter.
Ick. I'm going to go stab myself in the eye.