Exciting news for Agatha Christie fans: A Murder on the Orient Express sequel is in the works, according to The Hollywood Reporter. After the success of the recent film adaption of Christie’s classic novel, the 20th Century Fox sequel will cover the events of Death on the Nile, another book in the Hercule Poirot murder mystery series.
In the book, detective Poirot travels aboard a river cruise and finds himself drawn into the mystery of the fatal shooting of a young, beautiful woman in what The Hollywood Reporter describes as “a love triangle gone murderously bad.”
Screenwriter Michael Green, who penned the script for Murder on the Orient Express, will be writing the sequel. It has not yet been confirmed whether Kenneth Branagh, who both directed and played Poirot in the recent adaptation will be returning, though it’s expected he’ll reprise his role.
Additionally, there’s no word yet on rest of the sequel’s cast, though judging from the big names that starred in the first film — including Michelle Pfeiffer, Dame Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, and Johnny Depp — it’s likely the sequel will also have a star-studded cast.
Like Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile was adapted for the screen back in the 1970s and starred Mia Farrow, Maggie Smith, Bette Davis, and David Niven. Since Orient Express deviated from Christie’s classic book in several ways, it’s possible that this sequel will also be different from its original 1937 novel and the 1978 adaption.
Though Murder on the Orient Express received somewhat mixed reviews from critics, it’s become a box office success, earning almost $150 million worldwide. Along with Death on the Nile, it’s possible even more Poirot murder mysteries could be produced. Since he appears in 31 of Agatha Christie’s books and over 50 short stories, there’s a lot of source material to draw from!
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