Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn, Wallanader) has been tapped to lead and direct a new on-screen version of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Ridley Scott (The Martian) will co-produce. From BBC News:
The last, and most famous, movie version of Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express was in 1974. British actor Albert Finney starred as the detective with Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman co-starring.
Ustinov made three big-screen Christie mysteries, including Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun, but Murder on the Orient Express was not among them.
Christie’s 1934 story sees the detective drawn into solving an intrigue on the famous Orient Express train travelling from Istanbul in Turkey to London.
After an American passenger using a false name is murdered while the train is stuck in a snow drift, Poirot discovers everyone on the train had some connection to the murder victim and are all therefore under suspicion.