Release date confirmed for Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ sequel

A follow-up to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express movie has been formally announced by 20th Century Fox.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also played Hercule Poirot in the film, Murder on the Orient Express was a box office success last autumn.

It’s now been confirmed that Branagh will return as the Belgian detective in an adaptation of Death on the Nile, as teased at the end of Murder on the Orient Express.

The first movie’s writer Michael Green is writing a screenplay based on Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery novel. It is not yet known is Branagh will direct the upcoming sequel.

Death on the Nile will be released in US cinemas on 8 November 2019. This is the same date as the next James Bond movie is due out, so we wouldn’t be surprised if this date is changed at some point before then.

Originally published in 1937, Death on the Nile was previously adapted into a highly successful movie in 1978, starring Maggie Smith, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow and Angela Lansbury.

Murder on the Orient Express is available to buy on DVD now on Amazon.

The movie’s all-star cast featured Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley.