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Fox to remake Orient Express

19 December 2013 11:27 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fox has struck a deal with Rlj Entertainment’s UK-based rights holder and production arm Acorn Productions for film rights to Murder On The Orient Express.

Agatha Christie’s famous 1934 novel features super sleuth Hercule Poirot as he investigates a crime on the iconic transcontinental train.

Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg will produce the remake, which is out to writers and cast. Albert Finney starred in the 1974 film version that Sidney Lumet directed.

Acorn Productions managing director Hilary Strong and Wme negotiated the deal for Rlj Entertainment.

Rlj Entertainment acquired a majority share of Agatha Christie’s literary estate in February 2012. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Ridley Scott remaking Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

15 December 2013 9:24 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to Agatha Christie's classic 1934 murder-mystery Murder on the Orient Express, hiring Ridley Scott (Prometheus), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) and Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan) to produce.

Murder on the Orient Express first reached the screen in 1974 under director Sidney Lumet and saw Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, alongside an all-star cast which included Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins and Ingrid Bergman in an Oscar-winning Best Supporting Actress turn. CBS also produced a made-for-tv movie version in 2001 featuring Alfred Molina, while ITV adapted the book as part of its Poirot series with David Suchet in 2010.

Fox is currently searching for writers on the project, and at present its unknown whether the film will retain the period setting or transport the action to the present day. »

- Gary Collinson

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Ridley Scott Boards Fox’s Murder On The Orient Express Remake

13 December 2013 12:57 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the highly-anticipated third season premiere of BBC’s Sherlock right around the corner, it’s safe to say that there’s still a place for famed literary detectives in Hollywood today. In fact, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant sleuth may soon have a big-screen competitor, as 20th Century Fox recently announced that they are moving forward with a remake of the 1974 film Murder on the Orient Express, which was in turn an adaptation of a classic Agatha Christie mystery.

The story centers on astute Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, one of Christie’s most famous creations. While traveling through Europe on the titular locomotive, Poirot becomes embroiled in investigating the murder of a fellow passenger. With the train mired in a large snowdrift and a murderer still at large, the detective calls upon his renowned skills of deduction to find the culprit.

Ridley Scott is set to produce the film for 20th Century Fox, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Fox & Ridley Scott Developing 'Murder on the Orient Express' Remake

13 December 2013 11:36 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Fox Plans New Adaptation of ‘Murder On The Orient Express’

13 December 2013 10:27 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

“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, 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, »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Ridley Scott's 'The Vatican' Shut Down; Dennis Wilson Biopic 'The Drummer' Shuttered

13 December 2013 10:11 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

So, here's an interesting parallel. Earlier today we learned that Hollywood was deciding to reboot "The Naked Gun" and remake Sidney Lumet's "The Murder On The Orient Express," because that's the way things go today. And now, in a cruel irony, two much more original sounding projects have bitten the dust for a variety of reasons. Firstly, Ridley Scott—who is producing 'Orient Express,' fyi—was set to return for the first time as a director since 1969, directing the pilot for Showtime's "The Vatican." A great cast was assembled (Kyle ChandlerBruno GanzAnna FrielSebastian KochMatthew Goode and Ewen Bremner) for a fascinating premise, following a politically ambitious cardinal operating within the modern day Catholic Church. But it seems this was a very troubled production. According to THR, writer and showrunner Paul Attanasio bailed on "The Vatican" following the pilot with the trade revealing he had been "difficult, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ridley Scott's 'The Vatican' Shut Down; Dennis Wilson Biopic 'The Drummer' Shuttered

13 December 2013 10:11 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So, here's an interesting parallel. Earlier today we learned that Hollywood was deciding to reboot "The Naked Gun" and remake Sidney Lumet's "The Murder On The Orient Express," because that's the way things go today. And now, in a cruel irony, two much more original sounding projects have bitten the dust for a variety of reasons. Firstly, Ridley Scott—who is producing 'Orient Express,' fyi—was set to return for the first time as a director since 1969, directing the pilot for Showtime's "The Vatican." A great cast was assembled (Kyle ChandlerBruno GanzAnna FrielSebastian KochMatthew Goode and Ewen Bremner) for a fascinating premise, following a politically ambitious cardinal operating within the modern day Catholic Church. But it seems this was a very troubled production. According to THR, writer and showrunner Paul Attanasio bailed on "The Vatican" following the pilot with the trade revealing he had been "difficult, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ed Helms Starring In 'The Naked Gun' Reboot & Ridley Scott Scheduling 'The Orient Express' Remake

13 December 2013 7:04 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ah, Hollywood, where the best present one can get under the tree are the remake/reboot rights to a studio property. Really, they shouldn't have.... First up, Ed Helms will attempt playing Detective Frank Drebin in a reboot of "The Naked Gun." We don't envy "Night At The Museum" screenwriting pals Thomas Lennon and R. Ben Garant who will have to try and match the gonzo perfection of the 1988 movie, which is one of Leslie Nielsen's finest hours. The perfect cocktail of hilarious/clever/deeply stupid one liners, B and C-level casting (Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson) is the sort of lightning in a bottle you can't re-create by committee. But they'll try anyway..  Meanwhile, Ridley Scott is among the producers who have decided that Sidney Lumet's star-studded (Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave and Ingrid Bergman) 1974 mystery "Murder On The Orient. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ridley Scott Is Plotting a 'Murder on the Orient Express' Remake

13 December 2013 5:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Nothing beats a good mystery. This is especially true of mysteries told by Agatha Christie, a literary luminary in the thriller genre and an author whose books are timeless and easily adaptable. So it comes as no surprise that Fox, along with producers Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, and Simon Kinberg (is there anything this guy isn't doing?) are plotting a remake of "Murder on the Orient Express," a 1974 Sidney Lumet thriller based on Christie's 1934 novel.

As Variety's exclusive reports, no writers have boarded the project and Scott is not attached to direct, so this train has many stops before its final destination.

The Lumet movie starred Albert Finney as Christie's famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who is investigating the murder of an American industrialist aboard the train. Suspects in the original film included Jacqueline Bisset, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins and Basil Exposition himself Michael York. That »

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Murder on the Orient Express to be remade by 20th Century Fox

13 December 2013 4:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ridley Scott named among producers of latest film version of Agatha Christie's detective novel

Hollywood is to remake Murder on the Orient Express, the 1974 Sidney Lumet detective drama based on Agatha Christie's famous novel.

The project is being put together at 20th Century Fox, with Ridley Scott named among the producers, according to Variety. There are no cast details yet available and the veteran British film-maker is unlikely to direct.

Lumet's film won a best supporting actress Oscar for Ingrid Bergman, who portrayed a Swedish missionary, and was nominated in another five categories. Its cast featured Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Jacqueline Bisset, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael York and Anthony Perkins. Albert Finney starred as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who is charged with discovering who has committed murder on board the luxury train. The real Orient Express made its last trip on the classic route from Paris to »

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A Murder On The Orient Express remake coming via Fox!

13 December 2013 3:34 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fox is remaking the classic 1974 Sidney Lumet thriller Murder on the Orient Express which Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg are set to produce. According to Variety, Scott isn't on board as a director, and there are no scribes attached to the film at this time. The 1974 based on the novel of 1934 written by Agatha Christie, starred Albert Finney as detective Hercule Poirot, a Belgian genius investigating the murder of an American tycon on the train. Also in the excellent cast were Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Michael York, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Perkins. »

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Fox Plans New "Murder on the Orient Express"

13 December 2013 12:21 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

20th Century Fox is closing deals for a new version of Agatha Christie's classic 1934 novel "Murder on the Orient Express".

In the story, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the Orient Express travelling from Istanbul to Paris. On the train an angry American man approaches him believing his life is in danger, but Poirot refuses to help.

With the train stopped by a snowdrift, Poirot awakens to find the man has been murdered and he must determine which of the thirteen other passengers were involved. The death ultimately ties back to the kidnapping and murder of a child heiress years before, and the solution is one of Christie's most memorable ones.

Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg are on board to produce, though no writers or directors are onboard as yet.

The property has been adapted three times before, the most acclaimed being Sidney Lumet's quite faithful 1974 film with Albert Finney, »

- Garth Franklin

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Murder On The Orient Express Remake In The Works From Producer Ridley Scott

12 December 2013 8:12 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In adapting Agatha Christie's great mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express back in 1974, director Sidney Lumet brought together one of the best casts you could imagine. The credits were filled with great actors, the most notable including Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins and Vanessa Redgrave. Their combined talents came together to create a memorable, fun thriller, but now Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon have revealed that they believe they have what it takes to stand in that film's shadow. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the three men are now teaming up to produce a brand new adaptation of Christie's classic story. 20th Century Fox is behind the project and is currently searching for writers to adapt the book. In the text, the legendary Detective Hercule Poirot finds himself on a train leaving Istanbul and getting caught up in a »

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Fox Remaking ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Exclusive)

12 December 2013 4:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox is taking a trip on the Orient Express, closing deals for a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 detective drama “Murder on the Orient Express” with Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg on board to produce.

Scott is not directing and no writers have been hired yet. Steve Asbell is overseeing for Fox.

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.

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Fox Plans A New Murder On The Orient Express

12 December 2013 4:01 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Hercule Poirot's small-screen sleuthing recently reached its conclusion with David Suchet's final appearance, but there's more to come from Agatha Christie's famous Belgian detective. Producers Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg are planning to dust off one of Christie's most famous novels, Murder On The Orient Express, for a new cinema outing, Poirot's first since 1988.The book was first published in 1934, and sees Poirot exercising the little grey cells over the murder of an American tycoon on a journey from Istanbul (Constantinople at the time) to Paris. Without giving the game away, let's just say that the solution is one of Christie's most famous, tortuous, ingenious and unlikely.It's been filmed before: in 1974 by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as the detective (supported by an all-star cast including Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Perkins); and as a 2001 American »

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Holiday Favorites 2013: Holly Herrick Chooses 'The Silver Skates'

11 December 2013 11:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Welcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise.

Today's inspired choice comes from Austin Film Society Associate Artistic Director Holly Herrick. Her pick is a classic from 1962: Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color presents Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates: Part 1 and Part 2, directed by Norman Foster. "Aka, the only time I will ever prefer Disney to Sidney Lumet," Holly says. Here's why she loves this one so:

On Christmas Eve every year, after our traditional holiday dinner of hominy grits and homemade sausage served with King corn syrup, my brothers and sisters and I dig out an old re-recorded VHS tape from sometime in the early 80s of the 1962 Disney's Wonderful World of Color version of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. The film is an adaptation of a popular »

- Caitlin Moore

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L.A. Critics Have Their First Best Picture Tie Since First Awards Year

8 December 2013 6:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James Franco tattoos and gold teeth: Los Angeles Film Critics 2013 Awards’ surprise winners (photo: James Franco in ‘Spring Breakers’) The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the mid-’70s, announced earlier today, December 8, 2013, their list of winners and runners-up. As usual, there were a number of surprises, including James Franco, tying in the Best Supporting Actor category, and Shane Carruth’s sci-fi indie drama Upstream Color, selected as the runner-up for Best Editing. (Check out the full list of 2013 Los Angeles Film Critics winners. See also: Boston Society of Film Critics 2013 winners, announced earlier today.) But really, the biggest surprise of the day was the fact that the Los Angeles Film Critics came up with no less than three ties, including Best Picture: Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Spike Jonze’s Her. That’s the Lafca’s first Best Picture tie since its first awards year, »

- Andre Soares

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Wolverine,' 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,' 'Argo: Extended Edition''

3 December 2013 10:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"The Wolverine"

What's It About? Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is more human than X-Man in this stand-alone film that takes place in Japan. Not only has he lost his powers, but his memories of Jean Grey are driving him cuckoo. Which is too bad, because he's still got to fight off loads of gangsters, ninjas, and other slick villains -- including one green-eyed baddie from the past.

Why We're In: Director James Mangold ("Walk the Line," "3:10 to Yuma") balances fantastic action with a more serious sensibility that recalls samurai films of yore. Plus, you don't need to be an X-pert X-Men fan to enjoy this movie.

Watch: Hugh Jackman takes you behind the scenes on "The Wolverine" (Video)

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"Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" -- The Rich Mahogany Edition

What's It About? If you haven't heard of San »

- Jenni Miller

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Wolverine,' 'Mortal Instruments,' 'Anchorman'

3 December 2013 2:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"The Wolverine"

What's It About? Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is more human than X-Man in this stand-alone film that takes place in Japan. Not only has he lost his powers, but his memories of Jean Grey are driving him cuckoo. Which is too bad, because he's still got to fight off loads of gangsters, ninjas, and other slick villains -- including one green-eyed baddie from the past.

Why We're In: Director James Mangold ("Walk the Line," "3:10 to Yuma") balances fantastic action with a more serious sensibility that recalls samurai films of yore. Plus, you don't need to be an X-pert X-Men fan to enjoy this movie.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" -- The Rich Mahogany Edition

What's It About? If you haven't heard of San Diego's finest anchorman with the best mustache, coolest car, and most impressive »

- Jenni Miller

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A former juror's view on Twelve Angry Men

25 November 2013 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There's as much tense negotiation among the jurors in many real-life court cases as there is in this stage adaptation of the Sidney Lumet film, says former juror Emma Danvers

I first saw Sidney Lumet's film, on which this stage play is based, years ago, and loved it. Watching the play now, it's remarkable how true it remains to my experience as a juror.

I did two weeks' jury service earlier this year, sitting on two cases – one involved the possession of a weapon, and the other grievous bodily harm. Neither was quite as exciting as the murder case in the drama, but there were certain parallels: the weapon in the first trial was a knife, as in the play; and the defendant was also a young black man.

Nobody shouted or got into a fight in our jury room – but I definitely recognised the tense atmosphere. Our foreman »

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