Murder on the Orient Express has performed sufficiently well enough that plans are already in the works for another Hercule Poirot movie starring Kenneth Branagh.
Entertainment Weekly reported that Death on the Nile is already in development at Twentieth Century Fox, with Michael Green returning as screenwriter and likely with Branagh back as actor and director. (What, no Hollywood love for Miss Marple?) The magazine added:
Murder on the Orient Express has grossed $148.2 million worldwide since its release last month. When EW visited the U.K. set earlier this year, Branagh made it clear that he would be happy to return to the role of the brilliant detective Poirot, were his film to strike a chord with audiences.
“I would be thrilled, I must say,” he told this writer. “I have enjoyed it enormously, to delve into the nature of the character, to read more of the books, to understand, to admire with greater intensity what Agatha Christie’s talents were. That’s been really a great great creative treat. So I’d be absolutely delighted to do more.”
Sad that an entire generation of teenagers will have no idea what Poirot’s mustache is supposed to look like!