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

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh

Branagh, 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."

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