‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Sequel Going Ahead

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Kenneth Branagh’s Detective Hercule Poirot is about to tackle his next case.

Fox is already moving ahead with a sequel to Murder on the Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh’s mystery-adventure film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic book.

According to THR, an adaptation of Christie’s Death on the Nile is being put into development, with Murder on the Orient Express screenwriter Michael Green (American Gods, Logan, Blade Runner 2049) back on writing duties. Branagh is expected to reprise his roles as both director and star, although he has yet to officially sign on the dotted line.

Christie’s popular book, which was first published in the UK in 1937, finds Poirot investigating a murder on the Nile River in Egypt. As with Orient Express, there are a number of suspects aboard the ship. The book was adapted into a 1978 feature directed by John Guillermin (The Towering Inferno) and boasted a cast that included Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury and David Niven. The film earned an Oscar for Best Costume Design.

Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express, starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench and Willem Dafoe, among others, has thus far raked in $US149.8 million worldwide from an estimated production budget of$US55 million.

Expect another star-studded cast for the sequel. Stay tuned.

 

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