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Interview Louisa Mellor 1 Jan 2014 - 22:30
Here's what the cast and creators said after December's preview screening of The Empty Hearse. Huge spoilers ahead...
Spoiler warning: best avoided if you haven’t seen The Empty Hearse.
After the posh BFI screening of The Empty Hearse in December, writer Caitlin Moran chaired a Q&A with the cast and creators. Mark Gatiss, who wrote the episode, was in attendance with Steven Moffat, Executive Producer Sue Vertue, director Jeremy Lovering, and actors Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch. We’ve trimmed a few of the gags, and the four giggly minutes or so spent wading through an online fan-fic, but the rest is mostly intact. It all began with a scream…
Caitlin Moran: Collectively, having seen the mood outside before this started, and the mood in here today, if everybody would like to let free one big scream to let out the tension, »
With last month’s Curtain, ITV and actor David Suchet concluded a mammoth 14 year undertaking in which they adapted every single story and novel featuring Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. While the recent cancellations of Whitechapel and Ripper Street show how short the lifespan even of a generally well regarded crime drama can be, Poirot has simply carried on. Its conclusion now leaves something of a gap in the market.
Its labelling as “cosy crime” and the kind of advertising and sponsorship ITV gives it suggests an audience firmly in the stair lifts, bladder weakness and life insurance brigade, but this is doing the quality of classic mystery writing a disservice. The great detectives from the Golden Age of Mystery Writing between the wars are the products of truly entertaining and creative writers and have the potential to engage a much wider audience than the unpleasant »
- Jack Gann
Channel 4 has unveiled two clips from its brand new comedy Raised by Wolves.
Caitlin Moran has co-written the sitcom with sister Caroline, which is a modern day fictionalised version of their real childhood.
Raised by Wolves follows a group of six siblings and their mother living on a Wolverhampton council estate. Despite not attending school, the family are somehow intellectual and full of wit.
Germaine is in love with local buffoon Lee Bacon, while Aretha studies Carl Jung and Barack Obama. The pair are constantly at odds but look out for one another.
Orla Brady, who guest stars in this Christmas’ The Time of the Doctor, has spoken about her role as the mysterious Tasha Lem – and has busted a few rumours about her being a young Madame Kovarian. The Irish actress, who’s appeared in Sinbad, Mistresses and a recent Poirot tale, The Labours of Hercules, reveals
- Philip Bates
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.
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. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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
I used to love these massive ensemble movies. Ocean’S Eleven, Crash, erm, Cannonball Run? Well, it looks like Ridley Scott does too as he’s committed to produce a remake of the classic Agatha Christie story ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ over at Fox.
The film has no director, script or even a solitary cast member yet, but if you remember the 1974 movie which was littered with A-list talent of the day, along with Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, the news is pretty big, and we expect good things.
The new adaptation will be a whodunnit type affair when someone is offed on one of the most famous trains of all time as it journeyed from Paris to Istanbul.
The post Hercule Poirot Is Back! »
- Paul Heath
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
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
“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
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 »
- Drew Taylor
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 »
- Ben Child
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. »
The original film based on the novel of the same title was released in 1974, which got multiple Oscar nominations and helped Ingrid Bergman win Best Supporting Actress.
The story focuses on detective Hercule Poirot investigating the murder of a passenger on an outbound train from Istanbul.
- Meeta Kabra
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.
- Garth Franklin
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 »
20th Century Fox has acquired the feature rights to the Agatha Christie classic Murder on the Orient Express. The book takes place on the luxurious train, stuck in a snowdrift in Yugoslavia. That night a man is murdered, but fortunately cunning detective Hercule Poirot is aboard to solve the case. THR reports Ridley Scott (Prometheus) will produce alongside Mark Gordon (Source Code) and Simon Kinberg (Elysium). Scott is currently shooting the Biblical epic Exodus and recently stated his next two projects are already set, so he is likely too busy to direct the Christie adaptation. Albert Finney played Poirot in the 1974 adaptation that earned six Oscar nominations. Alfred Molina took on the role in 2001 TV movie that was not received quite so well. Fox is still looking for a writer, so no word on who might play the Belgian detective this time around. But I expect a thorough casting search »
- Brendan Bettinger
Fox is taking the Orient Express for another ride. The studio has picked up the screen rights to the classic Agatha Christie murder-mystery book Murder on the Orient Express that was made into a 1974 Oscar-nominated hit, and has set powerhouse producers Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon to produce, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The studio will now search for writers to adapt the material. The project adapts Christie's 1934 novel, which featured her signature detective, Hercule Poirot, investigating the murder of a passenger on an outbound train from Istanbul. The book became a mystery classic and
- Borys Kit
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.
- Dave McNary
This exceedingly lavish final series still comes down to David Suchet's perfect impersonation of the fastidious, self-regarding, utterly brilliant detective
Good Lord, here's Captain Hastings! And isn't that Miss Lemon and Inspector Japp? The arrival of these much-loved characters from long, long ago is just one of many nice touches in the final series of Poirot. Its five episodes, lengthy and glossy, made up the 13th series – although, in a mystery perhaps only Hercule himself could solve, this new box set is called Collection 9. (And if that's not enough for you, there is also the mammoth Definitive Collection, featuring all 70 episodes – the perfect Christmas present for all devotees of round, moustachioed, Belgian detectives.)
Collection 9 has glimmers of the old humour, back from when the episodes were barely an hour long, before they had money thrown at them and were transformed into feature-length TV films with big-name actors. In the very last episode, »
- Emine Saner
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