'Murder On The Orient Express' Sequel in the Works with Kenneth Branagh Set to Direct and Star in Agatha Christie Adaptation 'Death On The Nile'

Daily Mail, 21 November 2017
By Dailymail.com Reporter

Hollywood is asking for seconds from the Agatha Christie collection.

Amid the critical and commercial success of 'Murder on the Orient Express', Twentieth Century Fox has green-lit development of another Christie tome, 'Death on the Nile', with venerated actor Kenneth Branagh tapped to reprise his role of detective Hercule Poirot and in the director's chair, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The publication noted that Branagh, 56, has not yet inked a pact with the studio, but is expected to do so.

'Blade Runner: 2049' writer Michael Green, who adapted the 'Murder on the Orient Express' screenplay, is already writing a script for the new project, according to the publication, with executive Steve Asbell in charge of things.

The plot of 'Death on the Nile', initially released as a novel in 1937, focuses around the detective Poirot as he travels to Egypt and uncovers a love triangle that turned deadly.'

A film adaptation in 1978 earned a disappointing $14 million, but claimed the Oscar for Best Costume Design in 1979. That motion picture boasted an ensemble cast of the timeframe, with performers such as Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury and Jack Warden.

'Murder on the Orient Express', which was released less than two weeks ago, has already racked up nearly $150 million - with $51.7 of which coming in the states - off an initial budget of $55 million. The cast of the hit film included Branagh, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe and Josh Gad.

Branagh earlier this month explained to NPR how he studied Poirot's essence, while looking to add his own seasoning to Christie's literary creation.

"I basically went through the books with a Sharpie and highlighted anything I thought was part of what might make mine sort of different," he said. "And I'd have a little checklist of the things I'd go back to and have your sort of identikit version of who he is, ultimately trying to leap off into something that you thought moment to moment could be spontaneous and real."

Back to Murder On the Orient Express page | Back to Articles Listing | Back to the Compendium