Hugh Laurie to Write and Direct TV Series Adaptation of Agatha Christie's 'Why Didn't They Ask Evans?'
Agatha Christie's 1934 novel Why Didn't They Ask Evans? was made into a TV movie in 1980 by co-directors John Davies (Doctor Who) and Tony Wharmby (NCIS).
Hugh Laurie (House) is up next to adapt the murder-mystery story, acting as both writer and director for a limited series, reports Deadline. He may pop up on the screen as well, but that's yet to be determined.
The three-part series, which you can look for over at BritBox, revolves around a young man named Bobby Jones. When out playing golf, he goes looking for his ball and comes across a man lying in the grass, who is gravely injured. Right before passing away, the man is able to utter his last words, saying, "Why didn't they ask Evans?"
Who's Evans? Ask him what? That's what Jones is thinking and he and his socialite friend Lady Frances Derwent search for answers.
Laurie is beyond excited to tackle this project, being a long-time fan of the book, saying in a statement, "The hairs on the back of my neck haven’t properly settled down from the first time I grasped the beauty of the essential mystery. Since then, I have fallen deeper and deeper in love with the characters, and feel immensely honored to have been given the chance to retell their story in this form. I will wear a tie on set, and give it everything I have."
A tie!? Laurie is definitely taking this seriously. You know the saying... "You gotta dress the part."
The novel is based in the Welsh town of Marchbolt, but it's not to say the series will also take part in Wales. It would be up to whether or not the writer, aka Laurie, is loyal to the source material.
It sounds like he's pretty enamored with Christie and her work, so we're leaning toward "yes."
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you want to see Laurie star in the adaptation?