The success of Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” has already secured its sequel. “Death on the Nile,” the next Hercule Poirot mystery from murder mystery legend Agatha Christie, is up next for 20th Century Fox, with “Murder on the Orient Express” writer Michael Green (“Logan”) penning the screenplay. According to THR, no deal is set as of yet for the director’s chair, but Branagh is expected to return to the helm. Steve Asbell, Executive VP of Production for Fox, will oversee the project.
Similar to its predecessor, “Death on the Nile” finds Detective Poirot in the midst of an Egyptian vacation cruise when a love triangle turns deadly. Featuring a cast of socialites, social climbers, and the help, the brilliant detective must unravel the truth before the riverboat docks. Just like “Murder on the Orient Express,” the story is a popular favorite among Agatha Christie readers. A previous 1978 film adaptation of “Death on the Nile” starred Bette Davis (“Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”), Mia Farrow (“The Great Gatsby”), Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”), Angela Lansbury (“Murder, She Wrote”) and David Niven (“The Pink Panther”).
The news is unsurprising, as “Murder on the Orient Express” has soared at the box office. Made on a $55 million budget, it’s already pulled in almost $150 million worldwide since its debut on Nov. 10. Fans clearly approve of the star-studded cast, which featured Judi Dench (“Victoria and Abdul”), Daisy Ridley (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” series), Josh Gad (“Frozen”), Penélope Cruz (“American Crime Story”) and more. Ridley Scott (“The Martian”), Mark Gordon (“Grey’s Anatomy), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men” series), Judy Hofflund (“Panic Room”) and Michael Schaefer (“Now You See Me”) produced. Green, who wrote the screenplay, has penned “Logan,” “Alien: Covenant” and “Blade Runner 2049,” along with co-creating, exec producing and writing Starz’ “American Gods.”
“Murder on the Orient Express” is currently in theaters. Watch the trailer below.