Fox to Remake MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Mark Gordon

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20th Century Fox has acquired the feature rights to the Agatha Christie classic Murder on the Orient Express.  The book takes place on the luxurious train, stuck in a snowdrift in Yugoslavia.  That night a man is murdered, but fortunately cunning detective Hercule Poirot is aboard to solve the case.  THR reports Ridley Scott (Prometheus) will produce alongside Mark Gordon (Source Code) and Simon Kinberg (Elysium).  Scott is currently shooting the Biblical epic Exodus and recently stated his next two projects are already set, so he is likely too busy to direct the Christie adaptation.

Albert Finney played Poirot in the 1974 adaptation that earned six Oscar nominations.  Alfred Molina took on the role in 2001 TV movie that was not received quite so well.  Fox is still looking for a writer, so no word on who might play the Belgian detective this time around.  But I expect a thorough casting search since there are 33 novels and 50 short stories that offer plenty of material for a Poirot franchise if Murder on the Orient Express is successful.  Check out the book synopsis and 1974 trailer after the break.

The book synopsis:

Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks in the middle of Yugoslavia.  The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of year.  But by morning there is one passenger less.  A ‘respectable American gentleman’ lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside . . . Hercule Poirot is also aboard, having arrived in the nick of time to claim a second-class compartment—and the most astounding case of his illustrious career. [Amazon]

For the visual learners, here’s the trailer:

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  • IMPYEMU

    Why the fuck does it seem like Scott’s name is attached to everything these days?

  • IMPYEMU

    Why the fuck does it seem like Scott’s name is attached to everything these days?

    • jack

      Because he produces a lot of movies as well…

    • DavidisALLright

      Because he’s 76 years old. He probably knows in a few years he’ll have to retire (or something else much worse God forbid) so that’s why I think just pumping projects out left and right.

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      Because he wants to keep on working so he doesn’t have time to be depressed about his brother’s suicide
      I’m sure people are giving him works out of pity

      • IMPYEMU

        I like a good troll as much as the next guy but that one fell right off the bridge.

  • Marissa Evans

    The amazing thing is I just bought the original film with Albert Finney on DVD today! It was on sale for $5 at HMV and I’d seen it before (plus I’ve read the book). I was going to watch it tonight before something else came up. What a huge coincidence!

    • NICK НΛRT

      watch it. it’s a classic and will probably never be outdone by whoever fox puts on it. sidney lumet is a master of film-making

  • The Flobbit

    This is great news! Get someone good on it!

    • Houdini

      Yeah! Cool! Great idea! Remake a classic, Oscar winning film! Maybe JJ Abrams! He could do a lost footage, shaky cam, lens flare, reboot and set it on a space train! Or Tim Burton, who could bury Johnny Depp under a ton of makeup only it would be a whole lot more blood and Helena Bonham Carter as the old Russian princess – and they sing!

      • The Flobbit

        There is no call for your negativity. Who says it’s a remake and not a second adaptation of the book? And there is no way JJ or Burton will get on this; expect Joe Wright or someone similar. There is no reason this cannot be a good film.

      • The Flobbit

        There is no call for your negativity. Who says it’s a remake and not a second adaptation of the book? And there is no way JJ or Burton will get on this; expect Joe Wright or someone similar. There is no reason this cannot be a good film.

  • bidi

    holy shit. stacked cast on that 1974 version

  • ScratStitch

    Hopefully they’ll change the ending. The original’s “what a twist!” reveal was just stupid, ruined the whole movie for me, really.

    • Houdini

      So you are disappointed by the ending from the film which is taken directly from the novel. Perhaps you should tell Mrs. Christie about your problem with her novel. In fact, the whole story as written depends on that conclusion.

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  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    It’s not a remake if its a new adaptation of a book !!!
    C’mon now
    You can only remake movies that were original to begin with

  • Davis

    Why bother? The 1974 version is really good

    • Raptor Jesus

      No kidding. And this story is really a one-trick pony and I think we all know the trick by now.

      • drachen

        Only if you don’t bother to learn anything about the Piroit or not care about the subtle nuances.

    • Raptor Jesus

      No kidding. And this story is really a one-trick pony and I think we all know the trick by now.

  • Davis

    Why bother? The 1974 version is really good

  • drachen

    This is a horrible idea given that probably the best Piroit ever just wrapped up filming the entire work of Christie.

  • ntvnyr30

    As much as I admire Scott he can find better films to remake, if that’s his intention. Remaking a classic with such an outstanding cast is asking for trouble. There is no way you can assemble a cast like that today without a ridiculous budget

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