Death on the Nile (2020 film)

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Death on the Nile
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Directed byKenneth Branagh
Produced by
Screenplay byMichael Green
Based onDeath on the Nile
by Agatha Christie
Music byPatrick Doyle
CinematographyHaris Zambarloukos
Edited byÚna Ní Dhonghaíle
Distributed by20th Century Studios
Release date
  • October 9, 2020 (2020-10-09) (United States)
CountryUnited States

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.

Principal photography began in September 2019, with filming taking place at Longcross Studios in England and on location in Egypt, and wrapped that December.

Death on the Nile is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on October 9, 2020, by 20th Century Studios.[1]


Hercule Poirot must find a killer while on holiday in Egypt.




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.[2] In May 2017, Branagh expressed interest in further installments if the first film were successful.[3] 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.[4]

In September 2018, Gal Gadot joined the cast.[5] In addition, Paco Delgado was hired to design the costumes.[6] In October 2018, Armie Hammer joined the cast, and Tom Bateman was confirmed to reprise his role as Bouc for the film.[7][8] In January 2019, Branagh revealed that Jodie Comer had joined the cast.[9] In April 2019, Letitia Wright joined the cast.[10] Annette Bening was in talks to join in June.[11] Russell Brand joined the cast in August 2019.[12] Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo and Jennifer Saunders were added in September, with Comer no longer involved.[6][13][14]


Principal photography began on September 30, 2019, at Longcross Studios in Surrey, England,[15][16] and then moved to Egypt for location shooting.[17] Filming was set to last until Christmas of the same year.[18] It was previously set to begin in Spring 2019.[19] Filming wrapped on December 18, 2019.[20]


Úna Ní Dhonghaíle will serve as the editor for Death on the Nile.[21] 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.[22]


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.[23]


Death on the Nile is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on October 9, 2020 by 20th Century Studios.[1] It was previously set to be released on December 20, 2019.[24]


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:[25]

"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."[25]


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  3. ^ "Murder on the Orient Express star Kenneth Branagh wants to make more Poirot movies". Entertainment Weekly. May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (November 20, 2017). "'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 23, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (September 28, 2018). "Gal Gadot To Star In 'Death On The Nile' Redo At Fox". Deadline. Archived from the original on September 28, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
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  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 15, 2018). "Tom Bateman To Reprise Role In 'Death on the Nile' Adaptation At Fox; New Release Date Set". Deadline. Archived from the original on October 16, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
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  10. ^ Ritman, Alex (April 18, 2019). "'Black Panther' Breakout Letitia Wright to Star in 'Death on the Nile' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  11. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (June 25, 2019). "Annette Bening In Talks To Join 'Death On The Nile' Mystery Drama At Fox". Deadline. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  12. ^ Vlessing, Etan (August 15, 2019). "Russell Brand in Talks for 'Death on the Nile'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  13. ^ Galuppo, Mia (September 11, 2019). "'Victoria & Abdul' Star Ali Fazal Joins 'Death on the Nile'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
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  15. ^ "Production begins on Twentieth Century FOX's Death on the Nile". The Home of Agatha Christie. October 1, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  16. ^ Lohana, Avinash (September 28, 2019). "Ali Fazal to start shooting with Gal Gadot for Death on the Nile adaptation in London on September 30". Pune Mirror. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
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  18. ^ Cook, Laurence (July 5, 2019). "Get Cast in Kenneth Branagh's 'Death on the Nile' + Disney's 'Lockstitch'". Backstage. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  19. ^ Marc, Christopher (September 13, 2018). "Fox's 'Murder On The Orient Express' Sequel 'Death On The Nile' Production Eyes Return To The UK". Geeks WorldWide. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  20. ^ "60 days of hard work is "A Walk in the Park" when..." Instagram. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  21. ^ "IFTA women in focus - Úna Ní Dhonghaíle". Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  22. ^ "Death on the Nile". Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  23. ^ "Patrick Doyle to Score Kenneth Branagh's 'Death on the Nile'". Film Music Reporter. January 15, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  24. ^ Hermanns, Grant (June 23, 2018). "Fox Sets Release Dates For Death on The Nile, Spies in Disguise & More". Archived from the original on June 24, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  25. ^ a b Pearson, Ryan (December 26, 2017). "Branagh teases return of old friends in Death on the Nile". Associated Press. Archived from the original on December 28, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017.

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