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Friday, August 21, 2020

Branagh Back with “Death on the Nile”

by Ray Keating
August 21, 2020

Director and actor Kenneth Branagh is back with a second movie from Disney’s 20th Century Studios based on an Agatha Christie mystery. Death on the Nile is due out on October 23, and Disney dropped the first trailer for the movie this week.

The trailer offers a glimpse of a film that looks to be lavish, star-studded, and jammed with jealousy and intrigue swirling around, of course, murder.

The Branagh-directed Murder on the Orient Express, which came out in 2017, was a richly filmed mystery.  Indeed, if you love a good murder mystery, then Murder on the Orient Express ranks as must-watching. And yes, Branagh not only excels behind the camera, but he ranks as the best Hercule Poirot on screen.

It’s also no mystery as to why moviegoers are being treated to a sequel. Orient’s financial performance made it easy to greenlight another Branagh-Christie-Poirot movie. Murder on the Orient Express earned $352.8 million on a production budget of $55 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Even if you double the production budget for marketing expenses, that’s quite a tidy return.

And now murderous fun looks to be returning in Death on the Nile. Joining Branagh on this river cruise are an assortment of stars, including Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Dawn French, Rose Leslie, and Jennifer Saunders.

Pass the popcorn.


Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant novels. He can be contacted at  raykeating@keatingreports.com.

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