– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Tell your old aunt Edna to sit down for a moment, because her favorite author may very well be the subject of one of these hot, new cinematic universes everybody is talking about.

Earlier this year, director Kenneth Branagh both helmed and acted in Murder on the Orient Express, a film that followed the world-famous detective, Hercule Poirot. While the movie had a bit of a mixed response from critics and fans, it did well enough to warrant the sequel — Death on the Nile, another famous Agatha Christie novel.

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With that film on the way, Branagh also seems to be open to the possibility of bringing Poirot into a world that includes other Christie novels, as he told the Associated Press.

“I think there are possibilities, aren’t there? With 66 books and short stories and plays, she — and she often brings people together in her own books actually, so innately — she enjoyed that. You feel as though there is a world — just like with Dickens, there’s a complete world that she’s created — certain kinds of characters who live in her world — that I think has real possibilities.”

But the big question here is whether or not Agatha Christie’s novels are novels that would actually benefit from the shared universe treatment. Is a lot added by merging universes? With something like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s easy to see the benefits, but with more low-key mysteries, it seems almost foolish to add more convolution and contrivance to an already convoluted and contrived plot.

What do you think? Would Agatha Christie’s novels gain a lot from becoming a part of a shared universe? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.