A third film starring Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot has been written.
The 61-year-old star starred as Agatha Christie’s detective in the 2017 film ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and the recent sequel ‘Death on the Nile’. 20th Century Studios president Steve Asbell has confirmed another film is in the works. – which should mark a change in tone from previous releases.
Asbell told The Hollywood Reporter, “We have the Poirot franchise, we have other Christie stories. I love those movies, I love Ken.
“We have a third screenplay written, by Michael Green, which is quite a bold change of genre and tone. It’s post-war Venice and an adaptation of one of the lesser-known novels. So I think you will see the mustache again.”
The studio boss also indicated that Branagh will be behind the camera for the third film.
He said, “Ken is Poirot, but Ken is also the show.”
Kenneth recently suggested he wanted to make a “Christie-Verse” of films starring Poirot and his fellow famous detective Miss Marple.
He said: “That would be fun. You might have just started the Chrisite-Verse, right there.
“I would love to see Marple in a cinematic universe, really. She’s a brilliant, brilliant detective. I mean, not officially a detective, she’s a brilliant detective.”
‘Murder on the Orient Express’ featured an all-star cast including Dame Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp and Kenneth was under pressure not to let his co-stars down.
He said: “It was fun to be in a group of elite athletes, so to speak. And rather than feeling like a posey or smug club, what I discovered was that nobody wanted to let somebody else down You don’t wanna be in a scene with Judi Dench and not be very good, or be the one delivering the line to Johnny Depp or trying to share the laughing with Michelle Pfeiffer and not doing it well.”