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Death on the Nile confirmed as follow up to Murder on the Orient Express

Michael Green will pen the sequel, with Kenneth Branagh expected to return as detective Poirot

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Dec 2017
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Kenneth Branagh in Murder on the Orient Express (Photo: Still from the film)
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Twentieth Century Fox has confirmed that Death on the Nile will follow up Murder on the Orient Express, as suggested in the latter's ending scene.

Death on the Nile sees famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot solving another murder mystery on a riverboat in Egypt, the result of a love triangle gone bad.

Murder on the Orient Express is still running in cinemas, and has made roughly $238m at the box office.

It’s screenwriter, Michael Green, has signed a deal to pen Death on the Nile, while Kenneth Branagh is expected to return as director and leading actor in the role of Hercule Poirot. However, no deal has been signed yet.

Both films are adaptations of Agatha Christie’s novels of the same name, and are remakes of 1970s films.

Christie first published Death on the Nile in 1937, three years after Murder on the Orient Express.

The book was adapted several times into film, most notably the 1978 movie with Peter Ustinov as Poirot along with Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury, George Kennedy, Jane Birkin, Jack Warden and David Niven. It won an Academy Award for best costume design.

In Aswan, the boat on which the film was shot can still be seen and visited in all its glory on the banks of the Nile.

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