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Nothing beats a good mystery. This is especially true of mysteries told by Agatha Christie, a literary luminary in the thriller genre and an author whose books are timeless and easily adaptable. So it comes as no surprise that Fox, along with producers Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, and Simon Kinberg (is there anything this guy isn't doing?) are plotting a remake of "Murder on the Orient Express," a 1974 Sidney Lumet thriller based on Christie's 1934 novel.

As Variety's exclusive reports, no writers have boarded the project and Scott is not attached to direct, so this train has many stops before its final destination.

The Lumet movie starred Albert Finney as Christie's famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who is investigating the murder of an American industrialist aboard the train. Suspects in the original film included Jacqueline Bisset, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins and Basil Exposition himself Michael York. That film was a commercial success and won Bergman her third Oscar.

More recently the novel was adapted for a 2001 TV movie for CBS.

The possibility of a remake certainly means lots of potentially juicy roles for actors both young and old to inhabit, and a potential Oscar bait-y adult thriller for the studio (not to mention the beginning of what could be a franchise-started for the studio). Who are they going to get to play Poirot?

[via Variety]