Fox has struck a deal with RLJ Entertainment’s UK-based rights holder and production arm Acorn Productions for film rights to Murder On The Orient Express.

Agatha Christie’s famous 1934 novel features super sleuth Hercule Poirot as he investigates a crime on the iconic transcontinental train.

Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg will produce the remake, which is out to writers and cast. Albert Finney starred in the 1974 film version that Sidney Lumet directed.

Acorn Productions managing director Hilary Strong and WME negotiated the deal for RLJ Entertainment.

RLJ Entertainment acquired a majority share of Agatha Christie’s literary estate in February 2012.