Fox Remaking ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Murder on the Orient Express

Project based on 1934 Agatha Christie novel

Fox is taking a trip on the Orient Express, closing deals for a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 detective drama “Murder on the Orient Express” with Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg on board to produce.

Scott is not directing and no writers have been hired yet. Steve Asbell is overseeing for Fox.

“Murder on the Orient Express,” based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie, starred Albert Finney as the genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The all-star cast of suspects were portrayed by Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

“Orient Express” was a commercial success with $35 million in U.S. grosses. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards, with Bergman — portraying a Swedish missionary — winning her third Oscar, her first in the supporting category.

Christie’s novel was adapted again for a 2001 TV version that aired on CBS and starred Alfred Molina and Leslie Caron.

The famous Orient Express train from Paris to Istanbul stopped running in 1977, although a private company still uses the vintage coaches.

Scott is currently shooting “Exodus,” starring Christian Bale, for Fox. Gordon is developing “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair” with David Magee on board to adapt. Kinberg is a producer and writer on Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Scott and Kinberg have first-look deals at Fox via their respective Scott Free and Genre banners.

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  1. Martin Ellsworth says:

    I think everyone knows the surprise ending by now why not film one of the other 65 Christie classic novels. Crooked House and Ordeal By Innonsence for instance. There are so many great books that have never gotten the big screen , all-star treatment

  2. Richard LaFrance says:

    Even the soundtrack to this film is a classic. they can’t possible top it. Richard LaFrance

  3. Norris13 says:

    It’s a timeless classic.

  4. MattH. says:

    With all of the Agatha Christie titles at their disposal, why on earth would they choose a title that’s been filmed three times, the first time exquisitely with a director and cast they’ll never be able to touch? These decisions are completely mind-boggling and dispiriting, too.

  5. CitizenTM says:

    The mountain went into labor…

  6. Richard LaFrance says:

    OMG! Isn’t anything sacred anymore? What a bad idea! Who’s supposed to play Bacall’s role–Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan? RLF

  7. Robert Baum says:

    Procter, I agree!

  8. R.l. Procter says:

    Here is an idea……. Re Release the original and classic movies… these remakes are becoming the Kardashians of the film industry.

    • Doug Deaton says:

      Absolutely! There are some films that are classics and should NEVER be touched…What ever happened to originality? For one, CGI cannot cut it in every film that exists, and there are those film goers who can tell every time if they are in for another mechanically scripted manuscript and small on-screen talent; only designed to bring in $$$$$. Yes money is a necessity, but really… :-(
      I can only hope this remake relies on TALENT and very little special effects. PLEASE???

  9. Contessa46 says:

    This at least will be the 3rd remake! Enough with the remakes already, hire some screen writers and produce some new material! I am an avid reader and have read more than just a few novels this year that would be terrific movies! What the hell is wrong with your creative people over ere?

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