Murder on the Orient Express Reboot gets a Writer
Michael Green, best known for Green Lantern and Gotham, is set to write Fox’s remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 detective drama Murder on the Orient Express. Fox is developing the project with Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg on board to produce. So far, no director is attached.
“Murder on the Orient Express,” based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie, starred Albert Finney as the genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The all-star cast of suspects were portrayed by Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.
“Orient Express” was a commercial success with $35 million in U.S. grosses. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards, with Bergman — portraying a Swedish missionary — winning her third Oscar, her first in the supporting category.
Christie’s novel was adapted again for a 2001 TV version that aired on CBS and starred Alfred Molina and Leslie Caron.