Murder On The Orient Express left the station just a couple of weeks ago, but FOX is already developing a sequel for the star-studded movie. Another Agatha Christie novel about fictional Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is getting a feature film adaptation. Michael Green, who penned the Orient Express screenplay, will also be responsible for the script for Death On The Nile.
This won’t be the first time Death On The Nile will hit the silver screen. Like the original 1974 Murder On The Orient Express, the 1978 version of Death On The Nile also featured a star-studded cast including Mia Farrow, Bette Davis, David Niven and Maggie Smith. However, the role of Detective Poirot was played by Peter Ustinov for the latter, replacing Albert Finney who portrayed him in the earlier film.
Death On The Nile takes place in Egypt, on a luxurious cruise on, you guessed it, the Nile River. A wealthy heiress, Linnet Ridgeway, is murdered. Fortunately, among the passengers are famed Detective Poirot and his trusted companion, Colonel Race, who immediately begin their investigation. But just as Poirot identifies a motley collection of would-be murderers, several of the suspects also meet their demise, which only deepens the mystery of the killer’s identity.
Murder On The Orient Express has amassed almost $150 million in global tickets, against a $55 million budget. Makes perfect sense why FOX greenlit the film. Hopefully, Kenneth Branagh stays on to portray Poirot.
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