Death on the Nile (2022 film)

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Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile (2020 film) poster.png
Teaser poster with previous release date
Directed byKenneth Branagh
Produced by
Screenplay byMichael Green
Based onDeath on the Nile
by Agatha Christie
Starring
Music byPatrick Doyle
CinematographyHaris Zambarloukos
Edited byÚna Ní Dhonghaíle
Production
companies
Distributed by20th Century Studios
Release date
  • February 11, 2022 (2022-02-11)
Countries
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$90 million[1]

Death on the Nile is an upcoming 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. Produced by Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Judy Hofflund, Mark Gordon and Kevin J. Walsh, the film is a follow-up to 2017's Murder on the Orient Express and stars Branagh returning as Hercule Poirot, along with Tom Bateman (also returning from the first film), Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, and Letitia Wright. The film is the third screen adaptation of Christie's novel, following the 1978 film and an episode of the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot broadcast in 2004.

Principal photography began in September 2019, with filming taking place at Longcross Studios in England and on location in Morocco, and wrapped that December.[2]

The film is set to be theatrically released on February 11, 2022 by 20th Century Studios. Its release has been delayed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premise[edit]

The peace and tranquility that was temporarily existent on the S.S. Karnak is destroyed after one of the passengers is found murdered. Renowned Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is entrusted with the important task of identifying which one of the passengers is the killer before they strike again.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In 2015, Christie's great-grandson James Prichard, chairman of Agatha Christie Limited, expressed enthusiasm for sequels, citing the positive collaboration with Branagh and the production team.[3] In May 2017, Branagh expressed interest in further installments if the first film were successful.[4] On November 20, 2017, it was announced that 20th Century Studios 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 on camera as Poirot, and behind the camera as director.[5]

In September 2018, Gal Gadot joined the cast.[6] In addition, Paco Delgado was hired to design the costumes.[7] In October 2018, Armie Hammer joined the cast, and Tom Bateman was confirmed to reprise his role as Bouc for the film.[8][9] In January 2019, Jodie Comer had joined the cast.[10] In April 2019, Letitia Wright joined the cast.[11] Annette Bening was in talks to join in June.[12] Russell Brand joined the cast in August 2019.[13] Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo and Jennifer Saunders were added in September, with Comer no longer involved.[7][14][15]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on September 30, 2019, at Longcross Studios in Surrey, England,[16][17] and then moved to Morocco despite original reports of filming in Egypt. A boat was recreated, as well as the Temple Of Abu Simbel.[18] The Tiffany Yellow Diamond was used for the film.[19] Shooting lasted until December 18, 2019.[20]

Post-production[edit]

Úna Ní Dhonghaíle served as the editor for Death on the Nile.[21] Double Negative (DNEG) provided the visual effects for the film, with Academy Award-winning special effects artist George Murphy as the overall visual effects supervisor.[22] Additional VFX were provided by Lola VFX and Raynault VFX.[23][24]

In January 2019, Patrick Doyle, a frequent collaborator on Branagh's films, was announced as the composer for the film.[25]

Release[edit]

Death on the Nile is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on February 11, 2022, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through the 20th Century Studios label.[26]

It was originally set to be released on December 20, 2019, before being rescheduled to October 9, 2020. It was then pushed back two weeks to October 23, and again to December 18, in response to the domestic box office underperformance of Tenet during the COVID-19 pandemic.[27][28][2][29] In November 2020, the studio removed the film, along with Free Guy, from its upcoming release schedule until further notice.[30] The next month, the film was rescheduled to September 17, 2021.[31] In March 2021, it was then moved to the current February 2022 date.[26]

Future[edit]

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 Christie films:[32]

"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."[32]

References[edit]

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