A Third Kenneth Branagh Hercule Poirot Film Has Been Written


It’s been revealed by 20th Century Studios’ President that a third Hercule Poirot film which would star Kenneth Branagh has been written.

20th Century Studios’ President, Steve Asbell, revealed this during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

This comes after Death On The Nile was released in cinemas.

Now, the film didn’t perform all that well at the box office.

As of writing this article, Death On The Nile has only made $125 million worldwide.

Considering the movie was made on a budget of $90 million, the movie ended up losing quite a bit of money.

For a film in Hollywood to break even, it needs to make at least twice its budget back.

Death On The Nile didn’t perform well at the box office


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Given the fact that the movie was released during a global pandemic and everything that happened with one of the film’s main stars (Armie Hammer), it’s no real surprise to see the movie perform poorly at the box office.

However, what is interesting is to see the film’s rather lukewarm reception from critics.

It currently sits with a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t great.

It’s not terrible either, but it’s clear to see that a vast number of critics didn’t think the film was as good as Branagh’s previous Poirot movie, Murder On The Orient Express.

Looks like a third Kenneth Branagh Hercule Poirot movie is in the works…


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Read more: Murder On The Orient Express Review

Anyway, here’s what Asbell had to say about a third Branagh Poirot movie:

We have the Poirot franchise, we have other Christie stories. I love these films, I love Ken [Branagh, who plays detective Hercule Poirot and directed Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile]. We have a third script written, by Michael Green, that is a pretty daring shift in genre and in tone. It’s post-war Venice and an adaptation of one of the lesser-known novels. So I think you’ll see the mustache again.

What’s really interesting here is that Asbell is right – there are a huge amount of Agatha Christie stories that they can explore.

They’ve taken on two of her most famous Poirot stories: Murder On The Orient Express and Death On The Nile.

It’s interesting to hear that they are looking at setting the next movie in Venice, which is a beautiful location.

I’m pretty sure Poirot would love that.

Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot movies just get the character at all

armie hammer death on the nile

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However, as an avid Christie and Poirot fan myself, I have to say that I think these movies are missing the point of the character.

He was never about visiting beautiful locations.

Yes, Poirot liked beautiful locations, but he was more interested in people and working his ‘little grey cells’ as he liked to call them.

I think these movies are really missing that aspect of the character and they’re more interested in location hopping and putting a shiny sheen on absolutely everything.

All this to say that I was not a fan of Death On The Nile.

I personally thought that the movie was very weak, which is such a shame because I really like Branagh as Poirot.

I also thought the whole moustache backstory was laughably bad.

Who came up with that awful idea? Anyway, rant over.

What do you make of this news?

Are you looking forward to seeing another Kenneth Branagh Hercule Poirot movie?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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