Production has officially begun on “Death on the Nile,” the Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s most famous novels and a follow-up to 2017 global hit “Murder on the Orient Express” with much of the core behind-the-scenes team reuniting.
Also back on the screen are Branagh and Tom Bateman who will reprise their roles of famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and Monsieur Bouc respectively. The full cast includes Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Letitia Wright, Russell Brand, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Rose Leslie, Sophie Okonedo, Emma Mackey and Ali Fazal.
The screenplay for the film is again written by Michael Green with Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Kenneth Branagh and Judy Hofflund returning as producers. The new film will shoot at Longcross Studios outside London and on location in Egypt and will film in 65mm.
In “Death on the Nile,” Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamorous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths. A sinister tale of obsessive love and its murderous consequences plays out in an epic landscape of danger and foreboding. In a statement, Branagh says:
“Crimes of passion are dangerously sexy. Agatha Christie has written a riveting story of emotional chaos and violent criminality and Michael Green has once again written a screenplay to match. With a cherished group of long-time artistic collaborators and a brilliant international cast, it is truly a pleasure to join Disney, Fox and Agatha Christie Ltd. in bringing this daring thriller to the big screen. There are significant new twists, an awe-inspiring desert landscape and a chance to celebrate big screen entertainment in glorious 65 millimetre celluloid!”
“Death on the Nile” will be released on October 9th 2020.
— Agatha Christie (@agathachristie) October 1, 2019