Kenneth Branagh has adapted two Agatha Christie novels into movies: Murder on the Orient Express and the upcoming Death on the Nile, which will be released on February 11, 2022. Branagh has appeared open to creating a “cinematic universe” of Christie films with him as Hercule Poirot. Here are five guesses of which adaptations could be up next!
Without giving spoilers, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd has one of the biggest plot twists in the history of whodunnits. Set in a small village, this murder mystery takes place while Hercule Poirot is supposedly retired to enjoy the peaceful life of growing vegetable marrows. Audiences would undoubtedly be mind-blown when learning who the real murderer is!
This one would be harder to adapt because the murder takes place sixteen years prior to the investigation. However, it’s one of the most exciting mysteries and is told from five different points of view. From the psychological view, this one would make a very interesting adaptation and is definitely a heartbreaking tragedy.
Given that this murder takes place in a room where there are only four suspects and there are four “sleuths” in the next room all playing cards, this would undoubtedly make a very exciting mystery/thriller. Each suspect was involved in a past murder, thus providing a lot of exciting murder thriller flashbacks. It also introduces Ariadne Oliver, a murder mystery novelist who recurs in several other Hercule Poirot murder mysteries. She would definitely contrast Bouc, who appears to be the current Arthur Hastings to Hercule Poirot.
Otherwise known as Thirteen At Dinner, Lord Edgware Dies features the investigation of a particularly vicious murder, including the prime suspect with a watertight alibi being framed for said murder. It is so baffling that Hercule Poirot describes his success at this case as “a chance statement overheard in the street” that pointed him in the right direction to solving the case. It would definitely make an exciting adaptation!
Chronologically, this is the first Hercule Poirot mystery, as well as the first that introduces Arthur Hastings, who is Hercule Poirot’s associate through many of his cases. While Poirot’s current associate in the Branagh films is Bouc and has appeared in both Murder on the Orient Express and will appear in Death on the Nile, it is possible that Branagh would want to adapt the first Hercule Poirot mystery as well, which is a very significant mystery, especially when connected to Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case.
6. Bonus Adaptation
While And Then There Were None does not feature Hercule Poirot, it is arguably Agatha Christie’s greatest murder mystery of all time. As the producer and director of the Hercule Poirot adaptations, as well as the actor of the titular character, it is still possible that Branagh would want to create an adaptation of And Then There Were None, even if he would be featured exclusively behind the camera, as opposed to in front of it. Alternatively, he might write himself into the mystery, suggesting that the case is one of Hercule Poirot’s rare failures!
Agatha Christie, the Woman of Mystery. Her works have inspired a great many movie and television series adaptations, with Branagh’s being the latest. The more modern the times get, the more her classics get twisted to make them exciting for current viewers. Be sure to check out our take on the Death on the Nile trailer and to watch the movie when it comes out in February!