Kenneth Branagh seems to have a thing about wearing Poirot’s mustache, as he’s going to be wearing it again in another Agatha Christie novel headed for the big screen. This time it is A Haunting in Venice.

Kenny has made Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile in the past few years. Both have had lukewarm receptions from fans and critics, but it’s not stopped a third one from going into production.


Branagh has assembled a good cast for this new movie, including Kelly Reily, Michelle Yeoh, Kyle Allen, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Camille Cottin, and Riccard Scamarcio. Say what you will about these adaptations, but they always have a good cast.

The official description of the movie reads:

“Set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve, A Haunting in Venice is 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.”

A Haunting in Venice is based on the Christie novel Halloween Party. The screenplay is being penned by Michael Green, who did the scripts for both Murder and Death on the Nile. Production will take place at Pinewood studios and on location in Venice.

Braunagh has said about this new production:

“This is a fantastic development of the character Hercule Poirot, as well as the Agatha Christie franchise. Based on a complex, little known tale of mystery set at Halloween in a pictorially ravishing city, it is an amazing opportunity for us, as filmmakers, and we are relishing the chance to deliver something truly spine-chilling for our loyal movie audiences.”

No Kenny, it’s a chance for you to have a paid holiday in Venice. What’s more worrying is that he uses the phrase “Agatha Christie franchise”, as according to Wikipedia she wrote 42 Poirot novels.

Agatha Christie rolling in her grave
Agatha Christie rolling in her grave

A Haunting in Venice is due out in 2023, probably around Halloween.

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