A Haunting in Venice: James Prichard on the future of big-screen Poirot adaptations

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17 Sep 2023, 14:26


Picture of James Prichard in a grey suit with a white unbuttoned shirt at the premiere of A Haunting in Venice, which is written on the backdrop behind him.

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The CEO of Agatha Christie Ltd hopes Kenneth Branagh will return as Hercule Poirot for a fourth time.

Agatha Christie’s great-grandson James Prichard has revealed that he wants Kenneth Branagh to continue making Poirot novels into films.

In the latest adaptation, A Haunting in Venice, which landed in cinemas on 16th September, Branagh stars as the Belgian sleuth for the third time.

Prichard, the film’s executive producer, believes this is the 62-year-old’s "best” interpretation of the protagonist yet, following the two previous films in the trilogy, Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and Death on the Nile (2022).

Speaking exclusively to virginradio.co.uk about which of Christie’s books he wants to be adapted next, Prichard shared: “I've got lots that I'd like to see.

"I mean, that's one of the extraordinary things about my great-grandmother.


"She wrote 66 full-length novels, 33 Poirot novels, and there's not a bad one amongst them.

"I guess in a sort of thematic way, I'd quite like to see a kind of classic country house murder mystery given the Hollywood treatment.

"I think that could be really fun and get Ken into one of those," he added. "Anything would be lovely."


When asked if he wants more Poirot films to be made, Prichard admitted: “I don't like to get too far ahead of myself, because I'd fear that the fates will come and bite me, but I find it very hard to believe that if Ken wants to make more and 20th Century [Studios] want to make more, we will not happily be coming along for the ride.”

Describing A Haunting in Venice, which features Tina Fey, Jamie Dornan, and Michelle Yeoh, the executive producer said: “It's very much a murder mystery, but it does have horror elements.

"I suspect it's a suspense thriller or something like that, but it is different.


"I think the idea was that you know, that might be quite an interesting thing for the audience to surprise them, to show them a different way of telling an Agatha Christie story,” he continued. “I think this film does that very well.”

Watch A Haunting in Venice in cinemas now.







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