A Haunting in Venice producer explains major book changes

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A Haunting in Venice producer Judy Hofflund has explained the reason behind the changes from the original Agatha Christie novel it's based on.

Hercule Poirot's latest case is drawn from 1969's Hallowe'en Party, but it takes a lot of creative liberties with the source material, only really keeping a few character names and general plot beats.

As Hofflund explained though, there wasn't really any pushback regarding the proposed changes.

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"We had permission from the Christie estate – they were on board with us from the beginning [and] very supportive," she said to Radio Times. "Agatha Christie [novels] have been adapted for a long time in a lot of ways.

"So hopefully if it's good... if it's a well-executed satisfying, fun-to-see movie then people will think, 'I had a good time and thank God Agatha Christie came up with the bones of a fantastic story'."

Hofflund continued that she, Kenneth Branagh, and screenwriter Michael Green "really wanted to shake it up" after two similar films.

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"Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile were similar to the extent that they were sort of... a lot of them [were] outdoors like they were travelogues, they were beautiful," she said.

"And I think we wanted this to be dark and scary and a little claustrophobic and just to really shake it up and let it feel different. We just didn't want to do a third one that looked and felt the same."

The film has been well-received by critics, earning the series' highest Rotten Tomatoes score yet, but has struggled at the box office so far.

A Haunting in Venice is out in cinemas now.

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