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- Garth Franklin
It has taken time but 20th Century Fox has now quietly pulled the sequel to this year's "Fantastic Four" reboot from its Summer 2017 schedule.
The studio had previously set a June 9th 2017 date for the follow-up to the Josh Trank-directed superhero property. In the wake of the film's critical and commercial failure, it was widely expected that the film would be pulled right away but at the time the studio insisted it was "committed" to the franchise.
Now though it has yanked the movie, and at the same time announced new dates for several others including a February 26th 2016 date for the Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman-led "Eddie the Eagle," a March 11th 2016 date for horror film "The Other Side of the Door," and a November 10th 2017 film for Kenneth Branagh's new adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express".
The big question now though »
- Garth Franklin
20th Century Fox has found its director for the upcoming remake of the classic Agatha Christie mystery Murder on the Orient Express, with Kenneth Branagh signing on to direct, produce and star in the project as the detective Hercule Poirot. The script is being penned by Michael Green, who has most recently written the screenplay for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel.
Published in 1934, the story sees Poirot attempting to solve the murder of a passenger as he travels from Istanbul to London on the famous train. The book was adapted for the big screen in 1974 with Albert Finney portraying Poirot, while Alfred Molina portrayed the character in a 2001 TV movie, as did David Suchet in ITV’s 2010 TV adaptation.
- Gary Collinson
The director will produce alongside Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon and is said to be talking on the role of Detective Hercule Poirot, who gets tangled up in a murder mystery aboard the titular train during a snowstorm. Michael Green, who is currently penning Blade Runner 2, will write the script, and Steve Asbell will oversee the project, which itself is a remake of the classic 1974 film.
Though he’s most well known for his Shakespeare work, Branagh is a talented director who’s shown that he has a style all to his own, as he’s given us impressive work in recent years with efforts like Thor and Cinderella. His Jack Ryan reboot may have fallen a bit short, »
- Josh Wilding
Kenneth Branagh has had a long and storied career both on stage and on screen. From Hamlet to Jack Ryan to Harry Potter, the man has had his hand in numerous franchises . always bringing his own distinct style to the proceedings. Now he is set to bring that stylistic sensibility to a beloved Agatha Christie story for an upcoming retelling of the iconic novel Murder on the Orient Express, and he'll be pulling double duties. 20th Century Fox has just announced that they have tapped Branagh to direct as well as star in the upcoming adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. Branagh has developed quite the reputation as a modern auteur in the world of film and theater. His work in theatrical dramas laid the foundation for his distinctive style, and has carried him all the way through even his recent hit Cinderella. CinemaBlend readers will arguably recognize him »
Think of a British detective novel. Now think of a British actor-director. If you guessed Murder on the Orient Express and Kenneth Branagh, so did Fox. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Branagh, known for such British things as starring in Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing and having a name like Kenneth Branagh, will direct the studio's new adaptation of Agatha Christie's famous novel Murder on the Orient Express, which will have a script by Michael Green (The Green Latern, Ridley Scott's upcoming Blade Runner project — no, we don't get it either). Branagh will also star as Christie's hero, the fastidious Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Branagh faces some stiff competition, as Sydney Lumet's 1974 adaptation of the novel earned an Oscar nomination for Albert Finney (as Poirot) and David Suchet's portrayal of the detective has been on British TV for more than 20 years (he even a did »
- Jackson McHenry
Five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh will direct for 20th Century Fox a new feature film adaptation of Agatha Christies’ acclaimed mystery Murder on the Orient Express, it was announced today by Tcf president Emma Watts.
Ridley Scott (The Martian), Simon Kinberg (The Martian, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs) and Branagh will produce the film. Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) is writing the screenplay, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.
Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, is considered one of the most ingenious stories ever devised. It revolves around a murder onboard the famous train, and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case – but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer. In addition to directing the film, Branagh will star as detective Poirot.
Branagh’s directing credits include the Oscar®-nominated Henry V, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh will star as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s beloved mystery “Murder on the Orient Express” for 20th Century Fox. He had already been attached to direct the film, as TheWrap exclusively reported in June, from a script by Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”). In Christie’s 1934 novel, Poirot is called upon to solve a murder on board the famous train — choosing from a wide array of suspicious passengers. Also Read: Kenneth Branagh in Talks to Direct Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express' (Exclusive) Steve Asbell will oversee the production. »
- Thom Geier
Kenneth Branagh will do double duty on Fox’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. The studio today that it’s official: Branaugh will direct the feature. TCF president Emma Watts also made the surprise announcement that Branaugh will step in front of the camera as well in the role of detective Hercule Poirot. Poirot, the fastidious Belgian detective, is one of Christie's most enduring characters, appearing in 33 of her novels, which lends the new film franchise potential. Poirot was played by Albert Finney, who was nominated for a best actor Oscar, in the 1974 film version of
- Gregg Kilday
At Tfc today, 20th Century Fox announced it is bringing forth a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s definitive mystery novel, tapping Kenneth Branagh to direct and star as Hercule Poirot in Murder On The Orient Express. Branagh also will produce along with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon. Famous for its labyrinthine plot and unconventional solution, the story first published in 1934 sees Christie’s detective Poirot stranded on the famous train during a… »
Christie’s novel, published in 1934, revolves around a murder onboard the famous train and Belgian detective Poirot solving the case – in which a number of passengers could potentially be the murderer.
Variety reported in 2013 that Fox was developing the project for a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie, which starred Albert Finney as the genius detective investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The all-star cast of suspects included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.
- Dave McNary
The story revolves around a murder onboard the famous train of a rather nasty American tycoon. Belgian detective Poirot must figure out who is responsible before the train, currently stuck in the snow, is freed and allows for the potential suspects to disembark. The answer, which ties back to a famous child abduction case, is more complicated than he could have ever thought.
A large ensemble of A-lst stars are expected to be a part of the cast. The work was previous adapted onto a multiple Oscar-nominated film in 1974 with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.
It was adapted again in 2004 as part of the long-running David Suchet-led TV series. »
- Garth Franklin
A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Her 2015 best-seller,The Monogram Murders, sold 500,000 copies. She's got two film projects underway at Fox — including one to be directed by The Imitation Game's Morten Tyldum — and a miniseries in development at Lifetime. Not to mention a new app launched this month. You'd never know Agatha Christie has been dead for nearly 40 years. Agatha Christie Ltd., which has been managing the late British crime novelist’s estate since 1955 (she died in 1976),
- Andy Lewis, Rebecca Ford
Ingrid Bergman’s oeuvre contains few performances that aren’t of note. Such is her power that, if a tear rolls down her cheek, you feel it. The release of Stig Björkman‘s new documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words has prompted us to look back through the great actress’s filmography.
In our search for the essential Bergman roles, the performances which cemented her as a legend of cinema, there’s certainly a number of dazzling and iconic pictures to search through. Acclaimed examples such as Elena and Her Men, Joan of Arc, and Anastasia — the lattermost of which earned her a second Academy Award — narrowly and tragically found their way off the list.
Before checking out Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, take a trip with us back through the career of one of the greatest talents to ever grace the silver screen. Enjoy the »
- Tony Hinds
Saturday night the Academy held the 7th annual Governors Awards, this year celebrating industry titans Debbie Reynolds, Gena Rowlands and Spike Lee. It was also a campaign stop en route to the Oscars next year, because let’s face it: when the Academy broke this off as a separate event and plopped it right in the middle of November, awards strategists saw an opportunity.
So bouncing around the floor, you’re bound to run into this contender or that. Johnny Depp, Tom McCarthy, Ian McKellen, Carey Mulligan, Samuel L. Jackson, countless others — it’s a veritable who’s who of the season each and every year. Here are just a handful of notes from the ground.
Quentin Tarantino’s latest is at the starting gate, already screening for guilds and the HFPA and ready to show for more press imminently. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Our entertainment is filled with fiction spawned from tragedy, but writers must respect the real victims, such as the late MI6 spy Gareth Williams
The death of Gareth Williams five years ago was always going to attract the attention of fiction writers. It seemed one part John le Carré (he was a Gchq codebreaker), one part Agatha Christie (his body was found in a padlocked holdall) and one part El James (he’d visited bondage websites not long before his death). The surprise is therefore not that London Spy, which began on BBC2 this week, has used the case as inspiration but that it has taken this long.
Tom Rob Smith, who wrote London Spy, has said it’s “entirely a work of fiction: none of the characters are real”. Maybe not, but the similarities between the real-life Williams and the mysterious character named Alex played by Edward Holcroft are hardly subtle. »
- Boris Starling
Constance Cummings: Stage and film actress ca. early 1940s. Constance Cummings on stage: From Sacha Guitry to Clifford Odets (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Flawless 'Blithe Spirit,' Supporter of Political Refugees.”) In the post-World War II years, Constance Cummings' stage reputation continued to grow on the English stage, in plays as diverse as: Stephen Powys (pseudonym for P.G. Wodehouse) and Guy Bolton's English-language adaptation of Sacha Guitry's Don't Listen, Ladies! (1948), with Cummings as one of shop clerk Denholm Elliott's mistresses (the other one was Betty Marsden). “Miss Cummings and Miss Marsden act as fetchingly as they look,” commented The Spectator. Rodney Ackland's Before the Party (1949), delivering “a superb performance of controlled hysteria” according to theater director and Michael Redgrave biographer Alan Strachan, writing for The Independent at the time of Cummings' death. Clifford Odets' Winter Journey / The Country Girl (1952), as »
- Andre Soares
And finally, philipphilip99 asks:
Have you ever given up on a novel? If so, why?
Great last question. Generally I don't start a book until I know everything about it, including the fact that it's probably worth writing. Frankly, life's too short to write ten or twenty thousand words and then throw them away. I'm currently writing a new novel, Magpie Murders, and I'm 90,000 words in. In fact, I'm off now to write the next chapter (my biggest fear being that I'll be run over by a bus on the way home).
Can I thank everyone for these great questions - it's been a real pleasure doing this with the Guardian. And thanks also to the fastest typist on the planet »
- Guardian Staff
Constance Cummings in 'Night After Night.' Constance Cummings: Working with Frank Capra and Mae West (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) Back at Columbia, Harry Cohn didn't do a very good job at making Constance Cummings feel important. By the end of 1932, Columbia and its sweet ingenue found themselves in court, fighting bitterly over stipulations in her contract. According to the actress and lawyer's daughter, Columbia had failed to notify her that they were picking up her option. Therefore, she was a free agent, able to offer her services wherever she pleased. Harry Cohn felt otherwise, claiming that his contract player had waived such a notice. The battle would spill over into 1933. On the positive side, in addition to Movie Crazy 1932 provided Cummings with three other notable Hollywood movies: Washington Merry-Go-Round, American Madness, and Night After Night. 'Washington Merry-Go-Round »
- Andre Soares
The teams were tasked with writing and designing a children’s book. Who had a happily-ever-after – and whose dreams of success did a huffing-and-puffing Lord Sugar blow down?
Someone please buy a copy and post a Tumblr of it. I don’t want to waste my precious cash but I’m happy for one of you to, in the common interest.
There we have it. Writing and selling a children’s book should take no longer than a day. Don’t let the so called publishing professionals tell you otherwise.
And then there were 13. This is almost an Agatha Christie dinner party. Bring on the murders.
Next week, the baker’s dozen of dolts are given a new challenge involving bushes as far as I can see. No specifics but one of them definitely gets fired and possibly more than one.
Charleine is just »
- Julia Raeside
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