Richard Osman reveals Thursday Murder Club is ready for Spielberg, stage and screen

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23 May 2024, 11:59

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Former Pointless host Richard Osman teases a thrilling theatre adaptation alongside the highly anticipated Netflix film of his beloved book series.

Richard Osman, the brain behind the best-selling Thursday Murder Club series, has just dropped some bombshell news that's sure to delight fans.

Not only is there a Netflix film adaptation in the works, but Osman has confirmed that a theatre production is also on the horizon.

And yes, the former host of Pointless and creator of House of Games is just as excited as we are!



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For those unfamiliar with Osman's hit series, The Thursday Murder Club follows a quirky quartet of retirement home residents who spend their days solving murders for fun.

But when they stumble upon an actual murder case, the amateur sleuths find themselves in the thick of the action, using their wits and camaraderie to crack the case.

It's no wonder the books have captivated readers worldwide.

In a recent episode of his podcast, The Rest Is Entertainment, which he co-hosts with Marina Hyde, Osman dished out some juicy details about the upcoming theatre adaptation.

Discussing the transition from page to stage, he said: "The adaptation has to go through the lens of being in the theatre.

"Lots of small things, it has to be an hour first half, there has to be an interval because that's how theatre pays for things and then there has to be a shorter second half.

"But that's not a million miles different from a movie. It's very different to a book."

And who’s helping Osman bring his literary masterpiece to the stage? None other than the brilliant writer Tom Basden.

Osman couldn’t help but gush about the collaboration, adding: "But I think, by and large, when you adapt something to a different medium the technical thing is interesting, but there's a million great theatre producers and I'm doing The Thursday Murder Club adaptation with a brilliant writer called Tom Basden.

"So you have people who know what they're doing and directors who know what they're doing."

As for the Netflix film adaptation, it's no small potatoes either.

With Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment producing, the cast boasts stars like Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, Ben Kingsley, and Celia Imrie.

Osman revealed some fascinating behind-the-scenes tidbits about juggling the film and theatre projects.

"It's interesting on The Thursday Murder Club on the contract thing, because we're doing the movie with Amblin, which is Steven Spielberg's company, and then we started talking about doing a theatre adaptation a bit after that," he explained.

He continued: "If you buy the movie rights you have certain other rights as well and so they were saying, 'Look, if you are going to do a theatre production, then I'm afraid we're going to have to put our foot down and say that Amblin and Steven Spielberg have to be involved.'

"And we were like, 'Yeah, that's okay! Listen, we're not going to play hardball, if Steven Spielberg wants to put some money into it, he is very very welcome!'"

It seems Osman is more than happy to have Spielberg's backing for both the film and the stage adaptation.

And who wouldn't be? With Spielberg's magic touch, the Thursday Murder Club is bound to be a hit in both formats.

But don't get too excited just yet—Osman has made it clear that these projects are still in the early stages.

"So that's at very early stages, me and Tom are just sitting down and talking about it and thinking about it at the moment. More on that sort of next year I suspect," he said.

As we eagerly await the release dates for both the film and the theatre show, one thing's for sure: fans of the Thursday Murder Club are in for a treat.

Osman's knack for combining humour, heart, and mystery has already made his books a must-read, and now his beloved characters are set to come to life on both the big screen and the stage.

It's enough to make any Pointless fan jump for joy!