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Kenneth Branagh Keen to Build Agatha Christie 'Cinematic Universe'
Dec 28, 2017 by: WENN
Kenneth Branagh is eager to expand on his role as literary detective Hercule Poirot by turning author Agatha Christie's books into a full "cinematic universe."
The Dunkirk star portrayed the fictional Belgian super sleuth in the recent Murder on the Orient Express remake, and he is expected to return as both actor and director for another turn in a reboot of Death on the Nile.
That project is currently in the early stages of development, but Branagh would jump at the opportunity to help bring more of Christie's stories to life on the big screen as part of a "cinematic universe," with various characters making repeated appearances in interlocking films, just like the Marvel and DC Comics film franchises.
"I think there are possibilities, aren't there?," Branagh tells The Associated Press about the idea of weaving a variety of Christie's novels together. "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.
"You feel as though there is a world--just like with (Charles) 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."
The Brit has yet to raise the idea with studio bosses at 20th Century Fox, but he's confident it's already crossed their minds.
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