Twentieth Century Fox has issued new release dates for three upcoming movies set to premiere in the next two years. Two already had release dates, but those were changed. One moved up and the other was delayed.
An upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express is set to premiere on November 10, 2017. Directed by and starring five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), the film is the latest in several adaptations of the famous story. It follows Christie’s most famous character Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of a fellow passenger on the Orient Express train.
Produced by three-time Academy Award nominee Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Martian) and Academy Award nominee Mark Gordon (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Saving Private Ryan), the film is being written by Primetime Emmy Award nominee Michael Green (Alien: Covenant, Green Lantern) and is the next project for Branagh following his hit live-action adaptation of Cinderella earlier this year and the final series of his murder mystery program Wallander, which is set to air soon on BBC One.
“The extraordinary thing about my great-grandmother’s stories is just how timeless they are and how perfectly they lend themselves to the cinematic experience,” said James Prichard, Agatha Christie’s great-grandson and chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd.
“Eighty years after the publication of the novel, Fox and its creative team will bring Murder on the Orient Express, a classic Christie tale, to new audiences across the world. We are genuinely excited about this partnership and with 33 Poirot stories to be told, we look forward to this being the first of many collaborations.”
The story was previously adapted in 1974 in a version starring five-time Academy Award nominee Albert Finney (Erin Brockovich, Under the Volcano), who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role, in 2001 in a made-for-television film starring Primetime Emmy Award nominee Alfred Molina (Spider Man 2, Secret in Their Eyes), and in 2010 in an episode of ITV’s acclaimed Agatha Christie’s Poirot series starring BAFTA Film Award nominee David Suchet (The Hollow Crown, Flood).
20th Century Fox has also delayed its upcoming horror film The Other Side of the Door from its originally scheduled release date of February 26, 2016 by two weeks. Directed by Johannes Roberts (Storage 24, Forest of the Damned), who also co-wrote the screenplay with Ernest Riera (Forest of the Damned 2, 47 Meters Down), The Other Side of the Door stars Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead, Into the Storm), Jeremy Sisto (Law and Order, Suburgatory), Javier Botet (Crimson Peak, The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist), Sofia Rosinsky (Bloodline, My Best Friend) and Logan Creran (Steel, Sunnyside). It will now premiere on March 11, 2016.
According to a blurb released by 20th Century Fox, the film follows a family that “lives an idyllic existence abroad until a tragic accident takes the life of their young son. The inconsolable mother learns of an ancient ritual that will bring him back to say a final goodbye. She travels to an ancient temple, where a door serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds. But when she disobeys a sacred warning to never open that door, she upsets the balance between life and death.”
Finally, 20th Century Fox has moved up Eddie the Eagle from its previously scheduled April 1, 2016 premiere date to assume the position vacated by The Other Side of the Door on February 26, 2016. Directed by BAFTA Film Award nominee Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith, Wild Bill) from a script by Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton, the film stars Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Les Miserables), Taron Egerton (Legend, Testament of Youth) and Academy Award winner Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction, The Deer Hunter). It is based on the true story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, a British Olympic skier. The film is Egerton’s second big movie following this year’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, the director of which, Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class), is also producing Eddie the Eagle.
According to 20th Century Fox, “the film details the inspiring exploits of Michael Edwards, better known as ‘Eddie the Eagle,’ the most famous ski jumper in British history. The film’s portrayal of Edwards’ never-say-die approach to the sport celebrates the human spirit and resilience in the face of extraordinary odds and challenges.”
Eddie the Eagle opens against Summit Entertainment’s Egyptian mythology fantasy film Gods of Egypt, Relativity Media’s Halle Berry thriller Kidnap, Open Road Films ensemble crime drama Triple 9 and A24 Films’ low budget horror movie The Witch, which received considerable praise at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Meanwhile, The Other Side of the Door will debut in a more comfortably horror-free week, opening against Columbia Picture’s Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Brothers Grimsby and Focus Feature’s biblical epic Christ the Lord, while Murder on the Orient Express is currently the only film scheduled to release on November 10, 2017.