Death on the Nile is set to be released in cinemas in the US and UK on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. “Death on the Nile” will only be available to watch in theaters upon release.
“Death on the Nile” will bring another of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery novels to life, following in the footsteps of 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” Both directed by Kenneth Branagh and anchored by his performance as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, the sequel also stars many more powerhouse actors and actresses in its ensemble.
Multiple hiccups have hindered the film from appearing in theaters on its original release date in December of 2019, including studio reshuffling following the Disney acquisition of 21st Century Fox and of course, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
After six total delays, “Death on the Nile” is finally arriving in theaters and avid Christie readers and fans of Branagh’s Poirot (or his directing) may be wondering how to watch the film. Read below for all the details.
Will “Death on the Nile” Be Streaming?
“Death on the Nile” will only be available to watch in theaters upon release. 20th Century Studios is releasing the film as a theatrical exclusive and has not announced streaming details yet, but given the Hulu, HBO Max, and Disney+ releases of films like “Free Guy” and “West Side Story” the film will likely be on at least one of those streaming services within the next few months.
Is Death On The Nile On HBO Max Or Disney Plus?
Death on the Nile will not be on HBO Max at the same time the film is playing in theaters. Death on the Nile is a 20th Century Studios movie, not a Warner Bros. movie, and, besides, HBO Max will no longer be streaming theatrical movies in 2022. (Last year, Warner Media opted to simultaneously release its theatrical slate on streaming, meaning HBO Max subscribers could watch movies like Matrix Resurrections at home. This year, however, Warner Bros. theatrical movies will have a 45-day theaters-only run before moving to HBO Max.)
However, Death on the Nile may go to HBO Max during the film’s “Pay 1 window,” which is the time period in which premium cable channels have exclusive rights to play the film.
This is because even though Disney now owns 20th Century Studios, Disney is bound to a 10-year deal between 20th Century Fox and HBO that was signed in 2012. That deal runs through 2022, though HBO/HBO Max recently agreed to share co- exclusive rights with Disney+.
What does this mean? That means it’s possible that Death on the Nile will release on both HBO Max and Disney+ simultaneously, much like the recent 20th Century Fox movie, Ron’s Gone Wrong.
It’s also possible that it will follow in the footsteps of The King’s Man, a 20th Century Fox movie that is coming to HBO Max and Hulu this month, after less than two months in theaters. Stay tuned for more details, but it’s possible you will be able to watch Death on the Nile on both HBO Max and Disney+, or on HBO Max and Hulu, in April 2022.
What is Death on the Nile about?
In the book, Poirot is pulled into a murder investigation while he is trying to enjoy a holiday in Egypt. He is approached by a socialite, Linnet, who wants to prevent her friend Jacqueline from stalking her after she had married Jacqueline’s fiancé – a request which the detective politely turns down.
But when Linnet is shot dead while traveling on a steamer up the Nile (on which Poirot is also a passenger) it falls to the detective to find the person responsible. Although the most obvious suspect is Jacqueline, no passenger on the boat is safe from Poirot’s investigation.
It remains to be seen whether screenwriter Michael Green will be completely faithful to the book – as was largely the case with his Murder on the Orient Express script (although there were a few relatively minor changes) or whether he will opt to go down the Sarah Phelp’s route and provide a modern twist. We suspect this will stick fairly close to the source material though!
Talking about Christie’s template, Branagh explained on The Fourth Wall podcast (via The Playlist): “Agatha Christie really believed in what she wrote. I think it was born out of personal experience being in bruising love relationships.
She says in the introduction to the paperback version that she believes it has something of life in it and it really does.
I think it’s universality, the recognition for anyone who’s been dangerously in love or as Poirot says in the book, in any relationship, there’s always the one that loves too much and it can hurt terribly.”
It seems like an exciting movie, and one is advised to look into the trailer. Kenneth Branagh, director, and actor of 20th Century Studios’ forthcoming Death on the Nile feature picture narrates an excerpt from the all-new digital audio version.
Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian excursion aboard a luxurious river liner falls into a horrifying quest for a killer in this iconic Agatha Christie mystery, with enough twists and turns to keep you uneasy and speculating until the last, stunning revelation.
In the planned cinematic adaptation of Death on the Nile, Kenneth Branagh reprises his directing position and his part as the renowned investigator.