The film is a feature adaptation of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, a hit series of crime novels by Kerry Greenwood before being adapted for TV.
Davis took the title role as a glamorous 1920 private detective in the show, which has aired on the ABC since 2012. It was then licensed to 170 countries, and picked up by Netflix from 2015. The cast also includes series regulars Nathan Page, Miriam Margolyes, and Ashleigh Cummings (Goldfinch).
"Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears will have the witty intrigue of Indiana Jones, the opulent style of a Merchant Ivory production, and the feminist fun of Thelma and Louise," producer Fiona Eagger said.
The principal investor is Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria. Private investors and fans have contributed more than $1 million (AUD) to the budget through an extraordinarily successful crowd-funding campaign.
Shooting on the film will begin in October in Morocco and Melbourne from a screenplay by Deb Cox, and directed by Tony Tilse, the setup director on the television series. His other credits include HBO Asia's Serangoon Road, Wolf Creek, and multiple episodes of Ash vs. Evil Dead.