Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)Anne Thompson
Right now Branagh is prepping to direct and play another famous detective, Hercule Poirot, in Fox’s new version of Agatha Christie’s 1934 mystery “Murder on the Orient Express,” from a screenplay adaptation by Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”), produced by Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, and Ridley Scott.
Casting is under way, with Angelina Jolie rumored to be in talks: the Sidney Lumet 1974 global hit starred Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman (who won the Supporting Actress Oscar), Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. “I enjoy working with that kind of thoroughbred quality,” said Branagh. “We’re on a lavish scale, which was one reason to do this item, to make it feel like an embrace of big-period cinema, big-train cinema — it’s a big canvas. The idea which is so attractive is a romantic journey through Europe in the middle of the night, in which death and revenge are laid throughout. It’s a very gripping, romantic idea of being on a train underpinned by murder and mayhem—a heady mixture!”
I’ll take an upper berth.