20th Century Fox is closing deals for a new version of Agatha Christie’s classic 1934 novel “Murder on the Orient Express”.
In the story, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the Orient Express travelling from Istanbul to Paris. On the train an angry American man approaches him believing his life is in danger, but Poirot refuses to help.
With the train stopped by a snowdrift, Poirot awakens to find the man has been murdered and he must determine which of the thirteen other passengers were involved. The death ultimately ties back to the kidnapping and murder of a child heiress years before, and the solution is one of Christie’s most memorable ones.
Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg are on board to produce, though no writers or directors are onboard as yet.
The property has been adapted three times before, the most acclaimed being Sidney Lumet’s quite faithful 1974 film with Albert Finney, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, John Gielguld, Lauren Bacall, Anthony Perkins, and Vanessa Redgrave.
The most recent was 2010’s TV movie adaptation starring David Suchet, Jessica Chastain, David Morrissey, Hugh Bonneville and Barbra Hershey. This version came under much criticism for some major changes to the source material, including a religious angle that was very un-Christie like.