CBS Developing Young ‘Miss Marple’ Drama From ‘Spooks’ Creator David Wolstencroft

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Marple - Endless NightMiss Marple is following in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes

CBS is teaming up with Spooks creator David Wolstencroft to develop an hour-long drama series based on Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series of novels and stories, but in a twist, rather than strictly following the lore of the original stories it will be a contemporary take and will follow a young Miss Marple.

This new take on the famous Christie character is working under the title Marple and follows the eponymous character, who inherits her grandmother’s bookstore and after realizing that things in this small California town aren’t what they seem, begins working as a private investigator to get to the bottom of the town’s mysteries.

David Wolstencroft, who is best known for creating Spooks (known as MI-5 in the United States), is developing the project and will pen the script for the pilot, which is set up at the network’s sister studio CBS Television Studios and Agatha Christie Limited. Wolstencroft will also serve as an executive producer on Marple alongside Matthew Prichard and Hilary Strong.

This is not the first time that CBS has taken a iconic British detective and updated it in the U.S. in a contemporary setting. Famously, despite the protestations from the producers of Sherlock and the BBC, CBS and their sister studio updated Sherlock Holmes in the form of Elementary, which has since become a global hit and is presently airing its fourth season.