‘Mamma Mia 2’ Director Ol Parker to Helm Adaptation of Richard Osman’s Novel for Amblin (Exclusive)

“Mamma Mia 2” filmmaker Ol Parker will direct “The Thursday Murder Club,” an adaptation of Richard Osman’s debut novel.

Amblin Partners nabbed worldwide rights to the film after a competitive auction that attracted interested from 14 studios.The book, set to release Sept.

3, tells the story of four septuagenarian friends who live in a retirement community and solve cold cases for fun.

But when a shady property developer is found dead, the four find themselves in the middle of their first live crime.

Publishing rights for the book were sold in the biggest debut novel deal for a decade.Osman is best known for being the creator and co-presenter of BBC One’s television quiz show “Pointless.” He most recently started hosting “Richard Osman’s House of Games.”Parker made a name for himself with “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and its sequel, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” His

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