In the wake of the acclaimed BBC “And Then There Were None” mini-series late last year, a whole slew of Agatha Christie adaptations are in the works for both film and television with Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder On The Orient Express” arguably the biggest in the works.
Branagh is about ready to go on the film but doesn’t have one thing locked down – a cast. Both Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron have been linked at one point, though Jolie is definitely out. Now, THR suggests “Dark Shadows” co-stars Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer have emerged as ‘names of interest’ for the film but are not officially attached at this time.
Talking about reinventing the work, Branagh says: “She [Christie] has a real sense of psychological insight and perception. I think audiences are looking for and maybe ready to let that part of her work emerge a little more deeply – and differently from the sort of ‘period drama’ that some might associate with the work.”
Hilary Strong, CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, is quite blunt about why they intend a new adaptation of the work considering Sidney Lumet’s 1974 Oscar winner is such a classic of the genre: “One of the criticisms that I keep getting levied at me is that [the previous film adaptations] were so amazing. ‘How can you remake ‘Murder on the Orient Express’?’ They’re iconic films, but they are of their time, and there is a new cinema audience that won’t watch films that were made in 1957 or 1974, and we want them to hear her stories.”
The new “Murder On The Orient Express” is targeting a November 22nd 2017 release.