RLJ Entertainment Inks Deal With Fox for New Adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

RLJ Entertainment Inks Deal With Fox for New Adaptation of Agatha Christie's
Murder on the Orient Express

Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg on Board to Produce New film of
One of the Most Successful Novels of All Time

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After a highly
competitive bidding process, Fox has acquired film rights to the iconic
mystery novel "Murder on the Orient Express" from Acorn Productions Ltd/Agatha
Christie Ltd, the UK based rights holding production arm of RLJ Entertainment,
Inc. (Nasdaq:RLJE). With more than two billion books sold, Agatha Christie is
the best-selling novelist of all time, and "Murder on the Orient Express"is
one of her most popular novels. The 1934 novel features her internationally
renowned detective, Hercule Poirot, investigating a murder on the Orient
Express.

Though no decision on writers or casting have been confirmed yet, Ridley Scott
(Black Hawk Down, Gladiator), Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan) and Simon
Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes) will be producing the film.

Miguel Penella, CEO of RLJ Entertainment, said, "Since acquiring a majority
share of Agatha Christie's literary estate in February 2012, we have worked
closely with Mathew Prichard, Agatha's grandson, to find the right studio and
filmmakers to grow the Christie brand. We are excited to be working with Fox
as well as Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg to produce a new,
star-studded adaptation of one of the most well-known mystery novels of all
time."

Founded by Robert L. Johnson, RLJ Entertainment owns a 64% share in Agatha
Christie Ltd, which manages Christie's extensive literary works including more
than 80 novels and short story collections, 19 plays, a film library of nearly
40 TV films, and iconic characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Agatha
Christie's grandson, Mathew Prichard, is Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd.

"Murder on the Orient Express" was previously made into a 1974 film directed
by Sidney Lumet. The film received six Oscar nominations, including best actor
for Albert Finney as Poirot, and winning best supporting actress for Ingrid
Bergman. The all-star cast of suspects also featured Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline
Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa
Redgrave and Michael York.

Additionally, David Suchet portrayed the popular Belgian detective in all 70
television adaptations of Christie's Poirot stories, including "Murder on the
Orient Express" in 2010. The final five Poirot television mysteries aired in
the U.K. in 2013 and will debut in the U.S. in 2014. In Sept. 2013, Agatha
Christie Ltd and RLJ Entertainment announced the first fully-authorized new
Agatha Christie novel to be released in September 2014. Bestselling author
Sophie Hannah is writing the novel featuring Hercule Poirot.

Hilary Strong, Managing Director of Acorn Productions, and WME negotiated the
deal for RLJ Entertainment.

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and
distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the
United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive titles. RLJE is a
leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn
(British TV), Image (feature films, stand-up comedy), One Village (urban),
Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (documentaries), Criterion (art
films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple
formats including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast
television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical.

Via its relationship with Agatha Christie Limited, a company that RLJE owns
64% of, RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some
of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic
sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. And through its direct-to-consumer business,
RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers.

RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute and monetize
existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including
its nascent branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct
audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing
interests. RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia
brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.

Acorn Productions Ltd is the UK based rights holding production arm of RLJ
Entertainment, Inc (Nasdaq:RLJE) a premier independent licensee and
distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the
United Kingdom and Australia with over5,300 exclusive titles. Acorn
Productions Ltd manages the rights to Foyle's War and the Agatha Christie
estate.

Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books
have sold over a billion copies in English with another billion in foreign
languages. She is the most widely published author of all time and is outsold
only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is the author of 80 crime novels and
short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels written under the name Mary
Westmacott.

Agatha Christie's first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was written
towards the end of the First World War, in which she served the VAD. In it she
created Hercule Poirot, the little Belgian detective who was destined to
become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. It
was eventually published by Bodley Head in 1920.

In 1926, after averaging a book a year, Agatha Christie wrote her first
masterpiece. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was the first of her books to be
published by Collins and marked the beginning of an author-publisher
relationship that lasted for 50 years and well over 70 books, The Murder of
Roger Ackroyd was also the first of Agatha Christie's books to be dramatized –
under the name Alibi – and to have a successful run in London's West End. The
Mousetrap, her most successful play of all, opened in 1952 and is the
longest-running play in history.

Agatha Christie was made a dame in 1971. She died in 1976.

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