Fox is developing a sequel to Murder on the Orient Express by adapting Death on the Nile.
Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name, was released earlier this month. So far the film has accumulated $148 million worldwide from a budget of $55 million.
Twentieth Century Fox is now developing a sequel, this time based on Christie’s novel Death on the Nile.
Michael Green, the screenwriter for Murder on the Orient Express has been hired for the follow up, however, director/star Kenneth Branagh has yet to sign on – all though he is indeed expected to return and has already expressed his interest in adapting the book.
Death on the Nile was first published in 1937, three years after Murder on the Orient Express. The book’s story sees Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) vacationing in Egypt and discovering a murder on the Nile River, stemming from a love triangle turned bad.
A largely unsuccessful adaptation of Death on the Nile was released in 1978, grossing $14 million.
What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.
Murder on the Orient Express stars Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, alongside Johnny Depp as Edward Ratchett, Michelle Pfeiffer as Caroline Hubbard, Judi Dench as Princess Dragomiroff, Leslie Odom Jr. as Doctor Arbuthnot, Daisy Ridley as Mary Debenham, Josh Gad as Hector MacQueen, Penelope Cruz as Pilar Estravados, Olivia Colman as Hildegarde Schmidt, Derek Jacobi as Masterman, Willem Dafoe as Gerhard Hardman, Sergei Polunin as Count Andrenyi, Lucy Boynton as Countess Andrenyi, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Beniamino Marquez, Marwan Kenzari as Pierre Michel and Tom Bateman as Bouc.