Â “In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.”
That’s the synopsis of the original film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic,Â Murder On The Orient Express. The murder mystery was a big hit when it came out in 1974, based on Christie’s 1934 novel, pulling together an all-star cast that included Sean Connery, Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, and a host of others into a tale directed by Sidney Lumet. It was nominated for several Academy Awards- with Bergman picking up a win for her role as a Swedish missionary. Now Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Mark Gordon are onboard to produce a remake for 20th Century Fox.
The central character- genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot- was a recurring figure in Christie’s books, and if this is a success, it isn’t out of the question that this could lead a series of films based around his exploits. The prolific character has appeared in 45 combined books and short-stories, so there’d be plenty to draw from. British actor David Suchet has famously played the role in the UK on television for over twenty years.Â Murder on The Orient Express was also adapted in 2001 as a CBS TV movie with Alfred Molina.
Though Ridley Scott is producing, the report makes it clear that he will not helm the remake. No director, writer, or actors have been announced just yet.