Richard Osman’s books about the exploits of a quartet at a retirement village, have sold 10 million copies across the world, and the company of Richard Spielberg, the four-times Oscar-winning filmmaker, is making a film of the first book for Netflix. 

Richard Osman said on his The Rest Is Entertainment podcast that filming will take place “from [the] end of June through to September” in England.

Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and hugely successful movies Home Alone and Mrs Doubtfire, is writing and directing the movie.

“The story follows a group of friends in a retirement home who gather to solve murders for fun, but find themselves caught in a real case,” said Netflix.

Richard announced on 21 May 2024, that Celia Imrie, who played the mischievous Mrs. Selma Quickly in Nanny McPhee, will be playing nurse Joyce Meadowcraft, which followed his revelation in April that Oscar-winning actor Helen Mirren is playing former spy Elizabeth Best, the fifth James Bond Pierce Brosnan is playing trades union official Ron Ritchie, and Academy Award winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley is playing psychiatrist Ibrahim Arif. 

The debut novel saw the group tackle their first-ever live case after a property developer is murdered in their quiet Cooper’s Chase retirement village, near the fictional village of Fairhaven in Kent, England.