Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Should Branagh’s talks follow through, the director is expected to assemble an A-list cast for the thriller, which follows famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who becomes enlisted to solve the murder of a man who was killed in his car the night before. Michael Green, who recently penned the new Blade Runner Sequel, will script.
The story has been adapted twice before, in 1974 and as a CBS TV movie in 2001. The 1974 classic starred Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Perkins, John Gielgud, Michael York, and Vanessa Redgrave. Berman even won an Oscar for her role in the film, nabbing Best Supporting Actress.
Branagh is hot off of directing Disney’s spring hit Cinderella, which has raked in over $530 million worldwide. Before that, he directed and starred alongside Chris Pine and Keira Knightley in Paramount’s action/thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Up next, he’ll helm the Anthony Hopkins/Judi Dench drama Italian Shoes and will star opposite Liam Neeson in the drama, The Journey.
The news was first reported by TheWrap.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor