Following the release of two successful Agatha Christie mystery adaptations, 20th Century Fox has officially announced that another adaptation from actor and director Kenneth Branagh is already heading into production. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Steve Asbell, president of 20th Century Studios, revealed that Branagh was returning to direct and play Detective Hercule Poirot and that the script had already been written. He teased that the next film will adapt one of Agatha Christie’s “lesser known novels” and will have a different tone to the last two films.
Asbell’s full quote reads: ‘We have the Poirot franchise, we have other Christie stories. I like these movies, I like Ken [Branagh]. We have a third script written, by Michael Green, which is quite a bold shift in genre and tone. It’s post-war Venice and an adaptation of one of the lesser-known novels. So I think you will see the mustache again.
The first film in the franchise, Murder on the Orient Express released in 2017 and featuring Daisy Ridley from recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens fame, alongside Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tom Bateman, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench and Penelope Cruz. Death on the Nile starring Gal Gadot, Kenneth Branagh, Armie Hammer, Ali Fazal, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Letitia Wright and Russell Brand is currently playing.