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 was famously adapted into a 1974 movie that starred Albert Finney as Poirot. The movie netted six Oscar nominations, with Ingrid Bergman winning an Oscar for best supporting actress.
The Orient Express doesn’t operate anymore, and it’s not clear if Fox and the producers plan on making a period movie or a contemporary movie.
Scott is shooting Exodus, the story of Moses, for Fox, while Kinberg just re-upped his deal with the studio with plans on godfathering the X-Men universe. Gordon just announced he was developing a new Narnia movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.