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.