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Kenneth Branagh in talks to helm Murder on the Orient Express

06.16.2015
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Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" remains one of the author's most popular novels and 20th Century Fox has been slowly working away on an adaptation of the novel for several years. Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, and Simon Kinberg will be producing with Michael Green, who has penned the new BLADE RUNNER film, is working on writing the adaptation of Christie's novel.

As to who may take the helm of the mystery film, The Wrap may have the answer; they report that Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Fox declined to comment, but Kenneth Branagh, who is still riding high on the success of Disney's live-action CINDERELLA, would definitely add a welcome touch of class to the film. Should Branagh accept the job, he and his producers would assemble an A-list cast for the movie. "Murder on the Orient Express" follows detective Hercule Poirot (who was featured in many Agatha Christie stories) as he investigates the murder of an American business tycoon on a train.

The last big-screen adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel came in 1974 from director Sidney Lumet and starred Albert Finney as Poirot, and sported an all-star cast which included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

Source: The Wrap

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10:04AM on 06/21/2015
I hope this happens...
AND I hope the cast will be as extraordinary as the last one... I've always loved the AC's adaptations because of it. 'All-Star cast' was never more accurate !
And, as far as I'm concerned, I'm probably from another generation, but for me, Peter Ustinov will always be Poirot's ultimate incarnation.
I hope this happens...
AND I hope the cast will be as extraordinary as the last one... I've always loved the AC's adaptations because of it. 'All-Star cast' was never more accurate !
And, as far as I'm concerned, I'm probably from another generation, but for me, Peter Ustinov will always be Poirot's ultimate incarnation.
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1:46PM on 06/17/2015
Let's hope this becomes a reality.
Let's hope this becomes a reality.
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8:16AM on 06/17/2015
Alfred Molina would make a decent Poirot.
Alfred Molina would make a decent Poirot.
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9:17PM on 06/16/2015

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That the last big screen adaptation was Lumet's superlative adaptation! Such a fantastic film (and a great main theme and score as well). As good as Albert Finney was, however, the true shoes to fill for whomever plays Poirot are those of David Suchet. I grew up watching him and he totally owns that role; in a way, as much as Indy is Ford, Poirot is Suchet! His version of Murder on the O.E. is great too. Anyways, looking forward to this, and I hope Branagh brings some of his style and energy
That the last big screen adaptation was Lumet's superlative adaptation! Such a fantastic film (and a great main theme and score as well). As good as Albert Finney was, however, the true shoes to fill for whomever plays Poirot are those of David Suchet. I grew up watching him and he totally owns that role; in a way, as much as Indy is Ford, Poirot is Suchet! His version of Murder on the O.E. is great too. Anyways, looking forward to this, and I hope Branagh brings some of his style and energy from Hamlet and Frankenstein (I love the camera work in it).
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7:43PM on 06/16/2015
I LOVE Hercule Poirot! I think it's one of a few series that I still watch from time to time. David Suchet is a perfect Poirot. Whoever going to be the new Poirot has a large pair of shoes to fill.
I LOVE Hercule Poirot! I think it's one of a few series that I still watch from time to time. David Suchet is a perfect Poirot. Whoever going to be the new Poirot has a large pair of shoes to fill.
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9:20PM on 06/16/2015
Oh man, I didn't see your comment until after I wrote mine, but I basically wrote exactly the same thing, even the shoe filling part! Great minds think alike, I suppose. Suchet is just fantastic. I'm guessing you watched Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes as well?
Oh man, I didn't see your comment until after I wrote mine, but I basically wrote exactly the same thing, even the shoe filling part! Great minds think alike, I suppose. Suchet is just fantastic. I'm guessing you watched Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes as well?
9:26PM on 06/16/2015
Haha, I'll drink to that! But seriously, David Suchet is superb as Poirot. I was really sad to watch the final episode of Poirot's series - Curtains: Poirot's Last Case. Not the best finale but a great series nonetheless.
Haha, I'll drink to that! But seriously, David Suchet is superb as Poirot. I was really sad to watch the final episode of Poirot's series - Curtains: Poirot's Last Case. Not the best finale but a great series nonetheless.
5:58AM on 06/17/2015
Oh sorry, I didn't see your question. I've got to admit: I'm not much of Sherlock Holmes fan. I like Sherlock Holmes but not as much as Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.
Oh sorry, I didn't see your question. I've got to admit: I'm not much of Sherlock Holmes fan. I like Sherlock Holmes but not as much as Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.
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7:22PM on 06/16/2015
I love Hercule Poirot stories, and after all these Sherlock Holmes reincarnations I was waiting for a new Poirot.
But who could it be?
My take is Jean Reno.
I love Hercule Poirot stories, and after all these Sherlock Holmes reincarnations I was waiting for a new Poirot.
But who could it be?
My take is Jean Reno.
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