– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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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  • Derek NOLA

    personally I like death on the nile better and am excited for this. I hope they remake some of the other agatha christie movies too like this with extensive casts. thats one of the fun things about watching the older movies… hardly any other films can compare to the star power that was in those films

  • For me many of these have already been done so well on UK TV. It still feels too soon

    • Derek NOLA

      im always down for these types of films

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Hmm…I wonder what hipster song they will use in that movies trailer?

    • Kronx

      Let’s see… played at half speed with a smoky female singer ….

      Toto – Africa
      Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
      Alice in Chains – Dam That River
      Creedence – Proud Mary
      Pink Floyd – Nile Song

      • Derek NOLA

        river deep , mountain high- tina turner
        waterfalls- tlc

  • smartone2

    Weirdly I thought Kenneth Branagh was great and his direction was good DESPITE the weak script
    so of course film company hires the SAME SCREENWRITER to do sequel.

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.