So, let me see if I can understand the movie studio logic here. You’re Disney. You have the rights to Agatha Christie‘s famous elderly detective Miss Marple. This is good, because the property is widely-known and is therefore “pre-sold” with audiences. Plus, it’s a mystery series, so you have built-in franchise potential and that means you can solve the mystery of how to make sweet, sweet coin at the box office.
However, you have a problem. Who’s gonna want to see a movie about an old person? Let’s conveniently forget that Up made $738 million dollars for your studio. So, you need to completely undermine everything that’s important about the franchise and cast Jennifer Garner as Miss Marple. Yup, that just happened. Garner will star as the spinster sleuth in the Miss Marple reboot. She will probably wear a bikini and make a sly joke at the beginning about not being “some old lady.”
Yes, rather than create a whole new detective movie franchise for Garner, they wanted the somewhat known name “Miss Marple” so much that Disney was willing to murder the basic premise of the character. That’s my hypothesis anyway. Let’s bring in Inspector Poirot to solve this mystery, before Disney turns him into a schlubby slacker perfect for Seth Rogen. (Deadline)