Frederick Knott’s (Write Me A Murder) 1954 mystery book and subsequent film Dial M for Murder will be reimagined in an anthology series starring Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) under the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series hails from Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos) who will executive produce the series.
The reboot of Knott’s play and Alfred Hitchcock’s (Psycho, Vertigo) subsequent feature will take a unique perspective, telling the story from a female point of view. The anthology series is expected to reset with each season. The original film follows a husband in his exploits to get his wealthy wife murdered to earn access to her inheritance and after he learns the news of her secret affair. Dial M for Murder will mark Vikander’s debut as a series regular on U.S. television, having acted in well-known works such as Tomb Raider, Ex Machina, The Light Between Oceans, and Jason Bourne.
The play has been attempted for television multiple times, where NBC aired a TV film with the original Broadway cast in 1958 and ABC had aired a color-version in 1968. Winter, who will executive produce the reboot has also signed on to executive produce and write the HBO Max TV series spinoff of The Batman. A network is yet to be attached to the Dial M For Murder reboot anthology.