Enter the Christie-verse? Branagh is keen for Poirot to meet Marple next

Death On The Nile
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An Agatha Christie mashup is on Kenneth Branagh’s mind as he considers the future of his popular Poirot movie franchise.

Kenneth Branagh is riding high at the moment with not one, but two films in cinemas. The critically-acclaimed Belfast is a surefire awards contender, whilst the star-studded Death On The Nile continues his adventures of Poirot on the big screen, which basically involves a whodunnit in an exotic locale featuring loads of top-tier Hollywood talent all being out-acted by a wonderful moustache.

Now, whilst speaking to AMC, Branagh raised the possibility of his super sleuth, Hercule Poirot next meeting up with another famous Agatha Christie literary creation, Miss Marple.

Miss Marple is Christie’s other popular sleuth character, who despite not appearing in as many books as Poirot, remains beloved here in the UK thanks to the classic BBC series which ran throughout the 80s to early 90s.

Branagh certainly seems taken with the storytelling potential of the idea, stating “I’d love to see Marple in a movie universe. I really would. She’s a brilliant, brilliant detective. I mean, not officially a detective. She’s a brilliant sleuth. And as I’ve been researching Poirot, I’ve read many, many, many of the Marples, and it’s this other quality of being able – because of what people think they know about her – to be a detective, therefore, who can disappear, who can be invisible.

Of Poirot and Marple he added “wouldn’t it be great to put them together? I think that’d be fun.”

We certainly agree. What’s more, it seems that Disney owns the screen rights too, with news reports as far back as 2013 stating that it’d acquired the character for a Jennifer Garner project that never came to fruition. With the House of Mouse seemingly possessing the film rights to both characters (although its unclear which specific book titles this covers), there’s little in the way of seeing this onscreen pairing happen. More as we hear it.

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