Fox & Ridley Scott Developing 'Murder on the Orient Express' Remake
This morning the remake machine in Hollywood landed on The Naked Gun starring Ed Helms as Detective Frank Drebin, and now another one has just popped up as well. Variety reports 20th Century Fox is developing a remake of the 1974 Sidney Lumet mystery Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 novel of the same name. Ridley Scott is producing with Simon Kinberg (writer of X-Men: Days of Future Past and Sherlock Holmes) and Mark Gordon, but he has no intention of directing it, and there's no writers yet. A remake of the Oscar nominated adaptation would have a lot to live up to.
The story follows detective Hercule Poirot, a genius Belgian detective who is called upon to solve a murder that occurred in his train car the night before. Albert Finney played the detective while an all-star cast of classic movie stars like Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York played all of the suspects. It would be cool if a similar contemporary version of that line-up was assembled for the remake, and with someone like Ridley Scott producing the film, it shouldn't be hard.
The original film received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted screenplay, not to mention a Best Actor nod for Finney and a win for Berman as Best Supporting Actress. In real-life the Orient Express has been out of commission since 1977, so we wonder if a real, equally iconic train line will be used in this remake. It wouldn't be hard just to have a fictional train called the Orient Express, but we'll see what happens. The project is obviously early in development, and Scott is busy shooting Exodus with Christian Bale while Kinberg has some work to do for Fox and their X-Men franchise universe. Stay tuned for any updates.