Celebrity Christie's Screen Future By People Staff Published on October 26, 1998 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Agatha Christie movies could soon be coming to a theater near you. After years of restrictions on her work, the Christie family, which manages her catalog, has decided to loosen its grip, reports Reuters. Previously, the family held that adaptations of Christie’s works stick to the precise words and settings. Christie, who wrote nearly 70 novels and 20 plays, is among the best-selling authors . . . ever (she ranks up there with the Bible). But not many of her works have been made into films. (“Death on the Nile,” Murder on the Orient Express” are notable exceptions.) “We feel that in the 21st century many of her stories are very topical — timeless,” said Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard. “If Shakespeare can do it, so can we.” NOTE: In observance of Presidents’ Day, The Daily will take a break. We’ll be back on Tuesday with a new report.