The adventures of Hercule Poirot will continue.
Murder On The Orient Express has turned out to be a nice sleeper hit for 20th Century Fox. Despite coming out in the same month as juggernauts like THOR: Ragnarok and Justice League, MOTOE has been enjoying quiet box office success with a worldwide total of 150 million and counting on top of a 55 million dollar budget despite mixed reviews. And like anything that makes money in Hollywood, a sequel is in the works, picking up from the first film’s nifty sequel hook: A murder on the Nile River in Egypt.
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, stating:
After first taking the train, Twentieth Century Fox is now readying to hop on a riverboat cruise.
On the heels of Murder on the Orient Express, Fox is staying in the Agatha Christie business by putting into development Death on the Nile, its next Hercule Poirot mystery.
Michael Green, who wrote OrientExpress, is penning the script and while there is no deal currently in place, five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh is expected to return as director and reprise his role as Poirot.
While I couldn’t call it a great movie due to pacing issues and an unexpected change in tone towards the end, Murder On The Orient Express was a solid murder mystery with a top notch cast and exceptional production values. Branagh’s take on Poirot in particular was delightful and I’m more than willing to see what adventures the mustached detective will go on next.