At TFC today, 20th Century Fox announced it is bringing forth a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s definitive mystery novel, tapping Kenneth Branagh to direct and star as Hercule Poirot in Murder On The Orient Express. Branagh also will produce along with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon.
Famous for its labyrinthine plot and unconventional solution, the story first published in 1934 sees Christie’s detective Poirot stranded on the famous train during a terrible snowstorm. When a fellow passenger is murdered, Poirot discovers a great number of other passengers could be the culprit.
Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity. It will be executive produced by James Prichard and Hilary Strong; Strong brokered the deal for Agatha Christie Ltd. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) will pen the script, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.
A five-time Oscar nominee, Branagh credits include several acclaimed Shakespeare adaptations, as well as Marvel’s Thor and more recently, the live action version of Cinderella. He is currently co-directing William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, in which he appears as Leontes; the production will be broadcast live in theaters November 26. In addition, he is co-directing and co-starring in Terrence Rattigan’s Harlequinade in London.