- Executive producer James Prichard hints at more Poirot adventures to come, stating there is still plenty of Agatha Christie material to adapt.
- Director Kenneth Branagh has discussed the possibility of creating an Agatha Christie shared universe and believes there are many possibilities with the extensive catalog of Christie’s works.
- The upcoming film “A Haunting in Venice” will be a departure for the franchise, taking a risky approach that aims to bring in a different audience and provide surprises and delight.
The executive producer behind the likes of Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile, James Prichard, has teased more Poirot adventures to come following the release of next month’s A Haunting in Venice. Speaking with Total Film, Prichard stated that there is still plenty of Agatha Christie source material to adapt, suggesting that there will be many more investigations to come for Kenneth Branagh’s great detective.
“If Ken wants to do more, and Michael wants to write more, we’ll certainly do another. There’s a lot of material still to go, so we’re not going to run out of inspiration.”
Teasing a lot more to come certainly tracks with what director and star Kenneth Branagh has said in the past about creating an Agatha Christie shared universe. “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,” Branagh said back in 2017. “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.”
A Haunting in Venice Will Be a Risky Departure
A sequel to last year’s Death on the Nile, A Haunting in Venice is set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve, and promises a terrifying mystery featuring the return of the celebrated sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Now retired and living in self-imposed exile in the world’s most glamorous city, Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets.
The unsettling supernatural thriller is based upon the novel “Hallowe’en Party” by Agatha Christie and is once again directed by and starring Oscar winner Kenneth Branagh as famed detective Hercule Poirot with a screenplay by Oscar nominee Michael Green. Speaking of supernatural, Prichard revealed that the third installment will be a “departure” for the franchise.
“If we are going to continue to make these films, we can’t do the same thing over and over. A departure at this moment is possibly risky, but it also has the potential to keep it alive, bring in a different audience, and do something interesting that will hopefully surprise and delight.”
Much like its predecessors, A Haunting in Venice will be led by a stellar ensemble cast, including Kyle Allen (Rosaline), Camille Cottin (Call My Agent), Jamie Dornan (Belfast), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Jude Hill (Belfast), Ali Khan (6 Underground), Emma Laird (Mayor of Kingstown), Kelly Reilly (Yellowstone), Riccardo Scamarcio (Caravaggio’s Shadow), and recent Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once) alongside Kenneth Branagh as Poirot.
A Haunting in Venice is scheduled to be released in the United States on September 15, 2023, by 20th Century Studios.