20th Century Fox has tackled the Agatha Christie classic novel Murder on the Orient Express, and now it looks like they’re working to bring another beloved book to the big screen: Death on the Nile.
According to THR, it’s this Hercule Poirot mystery that’s heading into development next. In line to pen the script is Michael Green, who wrote the Murder on the Orient Express screenplay. Currently, there is no deal to bring back Kenneth Branagh — neither as a director, nor as Poirot himself. However, given that we’re only just learning that the film is in development, there is plenty of time to do so.
Death on the Nile is based on the 1937 novel of the same name. Below is the synopsis, courtesy of Amazon:
“Linnet Doyle is young, beautiful, and rich. She’s the girl who has everything–including the man her best friend loves. Linnet and her new husband take a cruise on the Nile, where they meet the brilliant detective Hercule Poirot. It should be an idyllic trip, yet Poirot has a vague, uneasy feeling that something is dangerously amiss.”
This move to sequelize Orient Express is no big surprise. The movie was made for $55 million, and has currently made just shy of $150 million so far, despite the lukewarm reception.
On a personal note, I think this is a great move. While Orient Express was a film I wanted to be better than it was, looking at all the individual aspects — the acting, the visuals, the directing — everything was topnotch. It was only the script that dragged on. Should they fix that for the future, they could very well have a sequel that trounces the original.
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