Agatha Christie’s most successful story ever, And Then There Were None (1939), is due to become a film by The Imitation Game’s director Morten Tyldum. This novel is the biggest selling mystery novel of all time, and it follows a group of ten people, strangers to each other, who are all invited to an island under different pretexts, but while there they find themselves stranded and accused of crimes from their past – before being killed off one by one.
In other book news:
Ta-Nehisi Coates, the American author of Between the World and Me, a recent New York Times best-seller, has been approached to pen an upcoming Black Panther comic book series for Marvel. The storyline will be titled A Nation Under Our Feet and will focus on the hero’s home country, Wakanda, after it is thrown into turmoil following an uprising instigated by superpowered terrorists.
Maisie Williams, beloved by many for her fan-favourite role as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, has been cast as the lead in the film adaptation of Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, a dystopian tale of a future world ravaged by a virus that turns those afflicted into cannibals.
Modern comedian extraordinaire Amy Schumer has been given a book deal with a rumoured advance of $8–10 million (so that’s £5–7 million in the UK). A current leading light, not just for women in comedy but comedy in general, Schumer’s essay collection will explore her childhood, career, family and feminism. With her sketch show Inside Amy Schumer a massive hit and recent award winner, her book is bound to be a big seller.
The National Literacy Trust has paired up with McDonalds and the Roald Dahl estate for a new Happy Meal campaign. Million’s of the children’s author’s books (specially selected extracts from various titles merged into one volume) will be handed out with Happy Meals from now until early November in the UK.
Finally, The New York Times has produced this infographic to celebrate the history of Penguin Books, which has reached a milestone of 80 years publishing in 2015.