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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Reboot Sets Michael Green as Writer (EXCLUSIVE)

Michael Green is taking a trip on the Orient Express, coming on board to write Fox’s remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 detective drama “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Variety reported in late 2013 that the studio was developing the project with Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg on board to produce. No director is attached.

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

Green and Hampton Fancher have written the script for Alcon’s reboot of “Blade Runner,” with Denis Villeneuve attached to direct and Harrison Ford starring. Scott is executive producing.

Green’s feature credits include “Green Lantern.” His TV credits include “Kings,” “Everwood,” “Smallville,” “Jack and Bobby,” “Sex and the City” and “Heroes.”

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