What we know about Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club movie

The former Pointless host-turned-author is bringing his debut novel to screens

The Thursday Murder Club movie is coming soon. (Getty Images/Alamy)
The Thursday Murder Club movie is coming soon. (Getty Images/Alamy)

Richard Osman’s hugely popular novel series The Thursday Murder Club will soon be making the leap to the big screen with the help of a Hollywood heavyweight.

Seemingly not content with conquering TV via hosting stints on shows like Pointless and House of Games, Osman turned his attention to writing a few years back, releasing his debut novel, The Thursday Murder Club, in the autumn of 2020.

To say it was a hit is a bit of an understatement. Selling thousands in its first few days of release, Osman’s debut quickly shot to the number one slot on the Sunday Times bestseller list. By the time the dust had settled, The Thursday Murder Club had become the fastest-selling debut novel of all time.

Sequels were quickly announced and released and before long, chatter about a big-screen adaptation started up too — but what’s happening with The Thursday Murder Club movie?

Read on for all the key details we have so far.

When will the The Thursday Murder Club be released?

Richard Osman's House of Games S4 (Remarkable TV/Matt Frost)
Richard Osman is the host of House of Games. (Remarkable TV/Matt Frost)

Unfortunately, the release date for The Thursday Murder Club movie is not currently known.

Cameras were set to begin rolling in 2023, with legendary director Steven Spielberg serving as a producer. But filming was delayed until 2024 due to the various Hollywood acting and writing strikes.

“It was supposed to be filming now, and of course, it's not because of the strikes,” Osman told radio host Chris Evans in September 2023.

In a separate chat on Loose Women, Osman said: “[Spielberg] is producing it, we're putting the cast together at the minute. I spend my life having people shouting out the names of people they'd like in it at me.”

What is the plot of the Thursday Murder Club?

Four of Richard Osman's books stacked on top of each other.
The Thursday Murder Club follows four pensioners who band together to crack a murder case. (Alamy)

Set in the fictional town of Fairhaven in Kent, The Thursday Murder Club tells a detective story set in a sleepy yet luxurious retirement community.

It follows four pensioners — Joyce Meadowcroft, Ron Ritchie, Elizabeth Best and Ibrahim Arif — who band together to crack a murder case when a property developer is killed under mysterious circumstances.

The novel has so far spawned a number of sequels, including 2021’s follow-up The Man Who Died Twice, The Bullet That Missed in 2022 and The Last Devil To Die which was released in September 2023.

After this latest release, Osman has said he’ll be taking some time away from the series to start some new books but has assured fans that the adventures of Elizabeth, Ron, Joyce and Ibrahim will continue after he’s given them a bit of a breather.

Who is starring in The Thursday Murder Club?

The exact names who are set to star as Osman’s OAP sleuths are yet to be revealed. However, in April 2024, he teased that the cast list for the big-screen adaptation was shaping up to be “insanely great”.

He tweeted: “I think people are going to love it. Official announcements very soon, and can’t wait to share it with everyone.” Consider our interests piqued.

The writer told Virgin Radio in September 2023 that the film “will be entirely English, which does not say all the actors will be English.”

He added that the Hollywood strikes had an impacted cast negotiations, saying: “You know what actors are like. They have windows where they’re available. And suddenly the window shuts, so it changes. People are still negotiating.”

Who is directing The Thursday Murder Club?

Steven Spielberg won the global rights to The Thursday Murder Club in a bidding war. (Getty Images)
Steven Spielberg won the global rights to The Thursday Murder Club in a bidding war. (Getty Images)

After receiving a BBC Radio 4 adaptation, news of a movie version of Osman’s story started bubbling away shortly after the first book in the series was released.

Hollywood icon Steven Spielberg won a bidding war for the film’s global rights via his production company Amblin. Since that news emerged, various reports have cited the Jurassic Park filmmaker as either the film’s producer or its director, with his exact role yet to be officially confirmed.

British director Ol Parker arrives for the 2nd Annual Academy Museum Gala at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, October 15, 2022. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
British director Ol Parker was originally line-up to direct the project. (Getty Images)

Back in March 2020, Mamma Mia! director Ol Parker was confirmed to helm the project however its subsequent delays may have led to a behind-the-scenes shuffle.

In November 2023, Osman confirmed that the project now has an “American director, but an American director who has worked a lot in England” which seemingly removes the British-born Parker from the director’s chair. Could this new helmer be Spielberg?

Is there a trailer for The Thursday Murder Club movie?

Unfortunately, there’s no trailer for The Thursday Murder Club just yet but as soon as production starts, we’re sure we’ll start to see something soon.

The Thursday Murder Club movie is coming soon.