Alicia Vikander is set to star in and executive produce an anthology drama series based on the stage play and Hitchcock film Dial M for Murder.
Dial M for Murder will be adapted into an anthology series starring Alicia Vikander. Frederick Knott’s acclaimed 1952 play was famously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in the 1954 crime thriller film of the same name starring Grace Kelly and Ray Milland. The suspenseful story follows a man who plots to have his wealthy wife murdered to secure her inheritance. After finding out she is having an affair, he arranges a carefully staged blackmail set-up to have her murdered, but things quickly go awry and he must scramble to stop the whole scheme from falling apart. Now the play and film will be reimagined in a new take.
According to THR, a Dial M for Murder anthology drama series is in the works with Vikander set to star in the first season. The series will reset each season with new stories all from the female perspective. The MGM/UA Television series is created by Michael Mitnick (The Giver) and executive produced by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos), who both previously worked on the HBO music drama series Vinyl. Vikander will also executive produce under her Vikarious Film banner alongside Charles Collier, Andrew Mittman of 1.21 and Lloyd Braun.
Aside from Hitchock’s film, Dial M for Murder has seen multiple adaptations in the past. The 1998 thriller film A Perfect Murder, starring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow, saw a more modern take on the story. The crime thriller was also previously adapted for TV, with a NBC film starring the original Broadway cast in 1958 and an ABC two-hour color version in 1968. It was later adapted again for a TV film in 1981 starring Christopher Plummer and Angie Dickinson.
The series will mark Vikander’s first lead role on television, following her numerous film roles, most notably in Ex Machina, Tomb Raider and The Danish Girl, the latter for which earned her an Oscar. Though Dial M for Murder has been adapted for TV before, it will be interesting to see it get an anthology series, something that has not been done for Hitchcock since his own 1955 series Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
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