Kenneth Branagh to Direct and Star in Adaptation of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’


Murder on the Orient Express Novel Cover

Agatha Christie is possibly best known for her classic mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express. Published in 1934, it’s been one of the most beloved crime stories. Oft imitated by other authors, no one could match her vision. However, Director Kenneth Branagh is going to try.

20th Century Fox films announced today that Kenneth Branagh will both direct and play the role of Hercule Poirot in the upcoming film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. The story follows the detective, well know for his luxurious mustache and suspecting nature, as he determines who murdered a passenger on a train.  The film will be produced by Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon and Branagh.  Michael Green, currently working on Blade Runner 2, will handle the script writing.

James Prichard, Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd and Agatha Christie’s Great Grandson commented:

“The extraordinary thing about my Great Grandmother’s stories is just how timeless they are and how perfectly they lend themselves to the cinematic experience.  Eighty years after the publication of the novel, Fox and its creative team will bring Murder on the Orient Express, a classic Christie tale, to new audiences across the world.  We are genuinely excited about this partnership and with 33 Poirot stories to be told, we look forward to this being the first of many collaborations.”


If you would like to see what Branagh is attempting to achieve, the book is still (and always, see Doctor Who) available:


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