– 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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  • Victor Roa

    why not

  • Alejo Contreras

    Hopefully they won’t start teasing a big bad enemy…. Stick to the material!

    • David E

      Well there is The Big Four. I hope to hell Ken knows that the novel was a Parody.

      • Alejo Contreras

        xD no

    • Lenin1959

      They will definitely add Doyle’s Holmes and Moriarity to have that big bad enemy.

      • Alejo Contreras

        Holmes vs Poirot: Dawn of the industrial revolution?


        • Kindofabigdeal

          Why did you say that name!!!

          • Alejo Contreras

            She was the mother of the sister of the father of poirot’s third degree cousin

        • Lenin1959

          Is Miss Marple’s first name Martha by accident? I thought it was Jane but it could be Miss Jane Martha Marple.

          • Alejo Contreras

            They just Tell Her Martha from time to time, but it still works

  • Lenin1959

    A crossover with Marvel or Star Wars maybe? Wolverine & Poirot: Brawn & Brains
    Well, maybe better no Star Wars crossover. In the first movie, the Mousepire would kill off Poirot and in the second Miss Marple. Disney is out for the blood of fan favorites as we all know by now.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      If that was true they would have let Leia die in any of the naturally logical places in the last film instead of prolonging her character, knowing that she would not be returning for the next film.

      • Lenin1959

        Never underestimate stubborn Disney: After Killing Han, the wanted Killing Luke as the next movie, and then Kill Leia. Kill the lady last – Hollywood, you know.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    This comment has to be a joke, right? I mean haven’t we seen enough cinematic universes fall on their faces? And those had fanboys looking to be service. I doubt literary fans are hoping for the next big blockbuster to bring all of their favorite characters onto the big screen.

  • TheOct8pus

    Yeah!! The ACCU!! Get Angela Lansbery on the phone before she dies!

  • bickle2

    The mustache form sleep mask needs it’s own spinoff

  • Danny B

    More films based on the books? Sure, why not? As long as they’re good movies. But some sort of ‘Universe’? Don’t see the value in that at all.

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.