Kenneth Branagh in Talks to Direct Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express'

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Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg and Ridley Scott are producing the adaptation of Christie's 1934 detective novel.

Kenneth Branagh, who most recently directed Disney's hit live-action Cinderella, is in talks to direct Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's iconic book.

Michael Green wrote the screenplay for the Fox project, which centers on detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of a wealthy American on a train.

Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg and Ridley Scott are producing.

Christie's detective novel first hit shelves in 1934. It was first adapted into a film starring Albert Finney, Martin Balsam and George Coulouris in 1974.

Branagh's Cinderella starring Lily James has earned a stellar $532.7 million worldwide after opening earlier this year. He previously directed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Marvel and Disney’s Thor. He's repped by WME and Berwick & Kovacik.

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