Having steamed to phenomenal box office success in the UK (£13.1 million) and internationally ($148m and counting), it would appear that Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express has what it takes to lure in audiences.
Branagh's adaptation of Christie's classic murder mystery, in which he also stars as detective Hercule Poirot, represented something of a gamble when placed next to bigger, splashier blockbusters. But the combination of a script that gets the old grey cells working, Branagh's lively central performance and an astonishing supporting cast including Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench and Josh Gad, turned out to be the perfect recipe.
The movie ends with an allusion to another famous Christie story, Death on the Nile, in which Poirot is drawn into another seemingly impossible, Egypt-bound mystery. The success of Orient Express was always going to determine the fate of future movies but it's been confirmed by distributor 20th Century Fox that Nile will indeed be making its way to our screens in the not-too-distant-future.
The Hollywood Reporter expects that Branagh will direct and star again with screenwriter Michael Green also returning to pen the screenplay. Have we now have a brand new Agatha Christie franchise on our hands?
First published in 1937 Death on the Nile sees Poirot investigate a death aboard a riverboat. It was previously adapted for the screen in 1978 with Peter Ustinov as Poirot and a starry supporting cast including Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, David Niven, Angela Lansbury and Maggie Smith.
More details as we get them. In the meantime check out our favourite Agatha Christie adaptations.