Sir Kenneth Branagh to direct Murder On The Orient Express

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 June 2015
Sir Kenneth Branagh

Sir Kenneth Branagh

Award-winning director Sir Kenneth Branagh is preparing to direct an adaptation of Agatha Christie's 'Murder On The Orient Express', according to a report

Sir Kenneth Branagh is reportedly preparing to direct an adaptation of Agatha Christie's 'Murder On The Orient Express'.

The 54-year-old star, who helmed the recent Disney version of 'Cinderella', has been locked in discussions with 20th Century Fox about taking on the project, TheWrap reports.

The movie - which is based on the 1934 detective novel - is currently being adapted by Michael Green, who wrote the new 'Blade Runner' film.

Sir Kenneth made his name with a series of Shakespeare adaptations, but this project could well mark a further movie by him towards more populist material, having also helmed Marvel's 'Thor' and 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'.

He also revealed earlier this year that he is "very hopeful" Martin Scorsese will direct a movie adaptation of his 2013 'Macbeth' stage production.

The duo were said to have staged informal discussions about the idea and Sir Kenneth confirmed it was close to a reality.

He shared: "We're practically there... We will remount the production and all things being well Mr Scorsese will direct a film version of that production.

"Fingers are hovering above pieces of paper. Everybody wants to do it, it's just a question of schedules. I'm very, very, very, very hopeful it's going to happen."

Murder on the Orient Express

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 54min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley
  • UK release: 2 November 2017

Murder in the dead of night, a carriage of suspects trapped in an avalanche, and the world’s greatest detective is on hand to solve it. Against the odds, Branagh pulls off a stylish, first-class, surprisingly poignant retelling with fluid camerawork and a top cast, and has a fine old time as the arrogant, outrageously…

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