Disney / 20th Century Studios’ Death on the Nile has been confirmed for a China release scheduled for release on February 19th. The date falls just after the Chinese New Year ends, and is the day before the culmination of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
The Kenneth Branagh-directed mystery ensemble received an increasingly rare China spot for Hollywood titles and is the only studio film currently dated to 2022. What’s more, it’s also coming out almost in line with the beginning of its international and domestic rollout – something we’ve not seen in some time. While it’s an unconventional Saturday start, the timing of the release confirmation should give Disney room to mobilize its promotional efforts, another recent rarity.
In general, China was stingy (or late) with release dates for Hollywood movies in 2021, and it became even more cumbersome to navigate than usual. Some of it was due to the fact that it had been the Communist Party’s 100th anniversary, which focused on local so-called “propaganda” films such as $ 900 million. Battle of Lake Changjin. The film’s sequel, Water Gate Bridge, will be released on February 1 to kick off Chinese New Year and is expected to do mega-business.
Based on Agatha Christie’s classic novel, Death on the Nile is Branagh and 20th Century’s follow-up to their 2017 adaptation of the author’s Murder of the Orient Express. That movie was also released in China and grossed a decent $ 34.7 million.
Branagh again plays the lead role as the Belgian master detective Hercule Poirot, where the murder in question takes place on a glamorous river steamer during a young couple’s honeymoon.
Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot play the couple, though a trailer released in December downplayed the role of Hammer, who is involved in an alleged sexual assault scandal.
Also starring is Tom Bateman – who is returning from Orient Express photo – Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright.
The film has jumped around the release calendar over the last two years due to the pandemic and is now set to hit North American cinemas on February 11, starting abroad on February 9 in France and Korea in particular.