The film studio Fox has bought the film rights to Murder on the Orient Express after a ‘highly competitive bidding process‘.
RLJ Entertainment, which has controlled the Christie estate since 2012, said:
‘We have worked closely with Mathew Prichard, Agatha’s grandson, to find the right studio and filmmakers to grow the Christie brand. We are excited to be working with Fox as well as Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg to produce a new, star-studded adaptation of one of the most well-known mystery novels of all time.’
Who doesn’t find brand-growing exciting?
Ridley Scott is of course best known for Alien, Simon Kinberg for X-Men: First Class, and Mark Gordon for Saving Private Ryan. At first glance they’re not the most obvious candidates, but they might take the story into new territory.