Death on the Nile (2020 film)
Death on the Nile is an upcoming American mystery thriller film directed by Kenneth Branagh, with a screenplay by Michael Green, based on the 1937 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. The film is a sequel to 2017's Murder on the Orient Express and stars Branagh returning as Hercule Poirot, as well as Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, and Russell Brand. The film is the third screen adaptation of Christie's novel, following the 1978 film and a 2004 episode of the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot. The plot follows Poirot, a world-renowned detective, who becomes involved in a love triangle gone murderously bad while on a vacation in Egypt.
|Death on the Nile|
|Directed by||Kenneth Branagh|
|Screenplay by||Michael Green|
|Based on||Death on the Nile|
by Agatha Christie
|Music by||Patrick Doyle|
|Edited by||Úna Ní Dhonghaíle|
|Distributed by||20th Century Studios|
- Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot
- Tom Bateman as Bouc
- Annette Bening as Euphemia
- Russell Brand
- Ali Fazal
- Dawn French
- Gal Gadot as Linnet Ridgeway-Doyle
- Armie Hammer as Simon Doyle
- Rose Leslie as Louise
- Emma Mackey as Jacqueline de Bellefort
- Sophie Okonedo as Salome Otterbourne
- Jennifer Saunders
- Letitia Wright as Rosalie Otterbourne
In 2015, Christie's great-grandson James Prichard, Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd., expressed enthusiasm for sequels, citing the positive collaboration with Branagh and the production team. In May 2017, Branagh expressed interest in further installments if the first film were successful. On November 20, 2017, it was announced that 20th Century Fox was developing Death on the Nile as a sequel to their version of Murder on the Orient Express with Michael Green returning to pen the script and Kenneth Branagh set to return onscreen as Poirot, and behind the screen as director.
In September 2018, Gal Gadot joined the cast. In addition, Paco Delgado was hired to design the costumes. In October 2018, Armie Hammer joined the cast, and Tom Bateman was confirmed to reprise his role as Bouc for the film. In January 2019, Branagh revealed that Jodie Comer had joined the cast. In April 2019, Letitia Wright joined the cast. Annette Bening was in talks to join in June. Russell Brand joined the cast in August 2019. Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo and Jennifer Saunders were added in September, with Comer no longer involved.
Principal photography began on September 30, 2019, at Longcross Studios in Surrey, England, and then moved to Egypt for location shooting. Filming was set to last until Christmas of the same year. It was previously set to begin in Spring 2019. Filming wrapped on December 18, 2019.
Úna Ní Dhonghaíle will serve as the editor for Death on the Nile. Double Negative (DNEG) will provide the visual effects for the film, with Academy Award-winning special effects artist George Murphy as the overall visual effects supervisor.
In January 2019, Patrick Doyle was announced as the composer for Death on the Nile. Doyle recently collaborated with director Kenneth Branagh, scoring the films Murder on the Orient Express, All Is True and Artemis Fowl.
In an interview with Associated Press in December 2017, Branagh discussed developing the adaptation of Death on the Nile with the possibility of more films to follow, potentially creating a new "cinematic universe" of Poirot films:
"I think there are possibilities, aren't there? With 66 books and short stories and plays, she — and she often brings people together in her own books actually, so innately — she enjoyed that," he says. "You feel as though there is a world — just like with Dickens, there's a complete world that she's created — certain kinds of characters who live in her world — that I think has real possibilities."
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