Anthony Minghella is making his next directorial effort an adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's bestselling series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, about a female gumshoe in South Africa, according to Production Weekly.

Written by Richard Curtis and Minghella, The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, is located in Gaborone, Botswana and consists of one woman ... the engaging Precious Ramotswe.

A cross between Kinsey Millhone and Miss Marple, this unlikely heroine specializes in missing husbands, wayward daughters, con men and impostors. When she sets out on the trail of a missing child she is tumbled headlong into some strange situations and not a little danger. Deftly interweaving tragedy and humor to create a memorable tale of human desires and foibles, the story is also an evocative portrait of a distant world.

The film is expected to begin production this May in Botswana, Africa.