Christie's book is set in 1947, with the war over but the killing not quite over. Described by the author herself as one of her two favourite novels, Crooked House finds narrator Charles Hayward (Irons) engaged to the fetching Sophia de Haviland (Martini). But before they can head down the aisle, someone has to solve the murder of her grandfather, who has been poisoned. Stamp will be doing the detective work as Chief Inspector Taverner.
Once earmarked for Neil LaBute, this one has Gilles Paquet-Brenner behind the camera. The Frenchman, who directed Kristin Scott Thomas in Parisian psychodrama Sarah's Key, will be looking to manoeuvre all these moving parts into a tense crime yarn.
"Now is clearly the time to bring Agatha Christie back to the big screen," says producer James Spring, "and I am delighted that we have such an exciting director and perfect combination of cast."
Agatha Christie's Crooked House will be shooting on location in the UK. It is one of several Christie adaptations making their way to screens of various sizes – Kenneth Branagh (Cinderella) is currently preparing a new version of Murder On The Orient Express, while the BBC recently announced plans for seven new TV adaptations from the books.