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Queen of Crime Agatha Christie’s Witch Mystery ‘Pale Horse’ to Be Adapated!

The 1961 novel The Pale Horse, written by The Queen of Crime herself Agatha Christie, is getting adapted for the small screen to teamwork by the BBC and Amazon Prime!

 

"Pale Horse" Cover

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Published 1961, Pale Horse is about how a police investigation looking into the deaths of Father Gorman, a Catholic priest, who was struck dead in a fog. Interestingly, Father Gorman died directly after hearing the last words of a dying woman where she gave him a list of names of people who had died under mysterious circumstances. Why was Father Gorman killed? What did the dying woman tell him besides the list of names? And who was this dying woman?

Well, the investigation leads the police to the The Pale Horse, the home of a trio of witches living in a small village who, rumor has it, can do away with people using dark arts.

 

Agatha Christie

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Anthony Berkeley Cox, writing under the pen-name ‘Francis Iles’ praised the novel in The Guardian, saying:

The Pale Horse is in fact the best sample from this particular factory for some time, and that is saying plenty. The black magic theme is handled in a masterly and sinister fashion, and to give away what lay behind it would be unforgivable. This is a book which nobody (repeat, nobody) should miss.

I too won’t spoil the story, I will only say this: Agatha Christie isn’t Stephen King, she’s the writer of murder mystery novels.

Now according to Variety this new adaptation of Christie’s work has been given the green light by the BBC and Amazon. The plan, thus far, is that BBC will produce a two-part adaptation while Amazon Prime Video will co-produce and to show it in the U.S.

 

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ITV-backed British producer Mammoth Screen is making the two-part series.

 

Leonora Lonsdale

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Leonora Lonsdale, of Beast fame, will direct.

 

Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto

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Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto, of City of Tiny Lights fame will produce.

 

Sarah Phelps

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BAFTA-nominated Sarah Phelps, who won wide acclaim for her TV version of the Christie classic And Then There Were None will be writing this series as well. In a statement she said:

“Written in 1961, against the backdrop of the Eichmann trial, the escalation of the Cold War and Vietnam, ‘The Pale Horse’ is a shivery, paranoid story about superstition, love gone wrong, guilt and grief…It’s about what we’re capable of when we’re desperate and what we believe when all the lights go out and we’re alone in the dark.”

Will you be watching this new series in the dark? I will, although it won’t be doing any favors for my insomnia.

 

 

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‘Spider-Man’ Screenwriter Alvin Sargent Dies

Sad news for Spider-Man fans. Alvin Sargent, the man who wrote scripts for the Spider-Man films to life has, according to the BBC, passed away. Sargent died in his home in Seattle due to natural causes, passing away peacefully at the age of ninety-two. He wrote the screenplay for Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3as a rewrite of The Amazing Spider-ManSargent began his career as a writer for television, breaking into films with his film Gambit starring Michael Caine. He went on to write Julia and Ordinary Peopletwo dramas that netted him two Oscar wins.

 

Spider-Man sits crouched on a runaway train, facing the villainous Dr. Octopus

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However, it is safe to say that fans today will remember him for his work on the Spider-Man films, with Spider-Man 2 being the fan favorite of the franchise for its thematic focus on Peter Parker grappling with his double life as Spider-Man, the memorably evil Doctor Octopus, the funny and witty dialogue, as well as a feel good nature of the film that helps it feel fresh for the entire family. While the latter two films aren’t as beloved, it is doubtless that any superhero fan feels gratitude toward Mr. Sargent for bringing these films to life.

Rest in peace, Alvin Sargent! You had a wonderful career as one of Hollywood’s best talents.

 

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Scotland’s First Space Pilot Took Children’s Book With Him Into Space!

On February 22nd, 2019, the first Scottish person went into space. His name was David Mackay and he was inspired at an early age when he was given a book in his small village back in the 60s. According to the BBC he was given the book Exploring Space  as a reward for his good attendance in Sunday school in 1964. David Mackay revealed he was inspired by the book to become a pilot and eventually travel into space. His first dream was fulfilled by becoming a test pilot and eventually, the second was also completed when he became the Chief Pilot of Virgin Galactic.

 

 

A spaceship flies low over the Earth's atmosphere in the vacuum of space

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Mackay joined the RAF in the 1990s and worked with them as a military/test pilot for sixteen years. After that, he flew an Airbus and Boeing 747 passenger craft before becoming Virgin Galactic’s Chief Pilot, helping to push the company forward to offer flights into space itself. When he took a ‘space plane’ out of Earth’s atmosphere, he guided it almost 56 miles above our planet. When he went up there, he took Exploring Space with him, showcasing the effect and great impact the book had on his life. Mackay’s journey is inspiring, showing the impact a book can have on you, no matter how big or small, and showcasing how one can follow their dreams from reading.

We hope to see Mackay continue to fly, journeying into the final frontier beyond the confines of Earth,  with his trusted childhood favorite by his side! Maybe someday, we’ll be flying on one of his space planes and journey upward on a galactic vacation!

Are there any books that inspired you at a young age? Tell us in the comments! Maybe you have a similar story to David Mackay.

 

 

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BBC to Make Series of Short Films Based on 27-Year-Old Author’s Stories

Chris McQueer is an interesting author. The twenty-seven-year-old Scottish author was initially reluctant to try and publish his works, until he began sharing his work via Twitter to showcase on the internet. His surreal, strange works that put hilarious, fantasy-like spins on real life, such as Hings and Here We Fucking GoThese collections of stories focus on different casts of characters, from the mundane to the insane, all funny and complete nonsense at the same time. The anthology tales have drawn comparisons to Black Mirror or The Twilight Zone, drawing much fan attention and critical praise. Chris McQueer has an active social media presence, building his stories via interactions on the internet and often has themes revolving around the tenants of modern life.

 

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In an exciting development, according to GlasgowLive has revealed that the BBC will be adapting McQueer’s stories into a series of short films. Debuting on May 9th on iPlayer, the short films will include adaptations of numerous stories he’s written for his anthology stories and works he’s created for social media. Wild and quirky, the stories should prove interesting for the BBC’s lineup, considering the BBC itself expressed some trepidation in adapting McQueer’s works due to their surreal nature. But considering the quality of McQueer’s works, they should prove great to watch if nothing else! McQueer is quite excited about the project and has expressed he hopes to continue his career into television and film.

Are you excited?

 

 

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‘Stranger Things’ Drops Trailer for Season 3

Hold your breath and grab your nearest box of eggos. Netflix has dropped the trailer for Season 3 of Stranger Things (finally!) and this season looks even more exciting than the second. Featuring the return of all the actors from the previous season, including Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matazarro, Caleb MacLaughlin, Charlie Heaton, Sadie Sink, and Dacre Montgomery. A new addition to the cast is actress Maya Hawke, who made her screen debut in the BBC 2017 adaptation of Little Women. She will be playing a new character who works at the town’s mall, which looks to be a centerpiece for the season.

The Stranger Things cast stands assembled in front of a mall, backlit by neon red signs

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Highlights from the trailer include the characters dealing with something more horrible than any demogorgon: puberty! Yes, it seems this season will be about growing from kids into teenagers in this season and dealing with the pressures of growing into adulthood. The kids, from Eleven to Mike to Max, all looking to be handling these confusions with appropriate teenage angst and it looks to add even more drama to the circle of friends. Of course, not all threats are grounded in reality, and besides the themes of maturity, the monsters are coming back in full force as well. Glimpses of a terrifying new beast are seen near the end of the trailer, a grisly thing pulsating with tentacles and teeth. Not to mention, the whole thing is set to the chaos of July 4th, with images of fireworks and celebrations littered throughout the trailer.

We look forward to seeing the continued adventures of the Stranger Things crew this summer. The new season drops on July 4th and should prove for a binge-worthy time.

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