Poirot actor David Suchet has revealed that he wants to bring the pernickety Belgian detective to the big screen.
“I’d like to do a remake of one of Agatha Christie’s stories as a movie,” he told RadioTimes.com. “There’s nothing to stop me from reprising one of them for the cinema. I’d love to do The ABC Murders.”
Suchet’s final small screen outing as Christie’s sleuth is set to air in the coming weeks as ITV broadcasts Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case.
At the episode’s conclusion, every major literary work by the author to feature the title character will have been adapted. But despite crime writer Sophie Hannah being tasked to pen a new Poirot mystery (set to be released in September 2014), Suchet has no inclination to star in an adaptation not based on Christie’s work.
“I don’t see how I can do a story that isn’t based on something written by Agatha Christie,” the actor said.
The character of Hercule Poirot has a long history on the big screen, having been memorably portrayed by Albert Finney in 1974’s Murder on the Orient Express and by Peter Ustinov in several movies beginning with 1978’s Death on the Nile. So what are the chances of Suchet, 67, transferring his TV interpretation to cinemas?
“There may be a movie. However, at the moment, if I say yes to anything, it means I’m working until the end of 2016. I am in the very fortunate position that my career doesn’t just resolve around Poirot. It never has.”
And when it comes to the future for Poirot, Suchet is the first to recognise that the famous moustache will one day be sitting on another actor’s top lip: “That comes from being a classical theatre actor. I’ve always taken those classical theatre roles from other people and people have then taken over from me.
“Of course there’ll be another Poirot. And I would encourage them in the same way as another actor encouraged me – Peter Ustinov [with whom Suchet starred in made-for-TV movie Thirteen at Dinner] said very openly that I would be much better than he ever was.
“He said, ‘you can look like him and I can’t'. So I would embrace the next Poirot with all my heart and encourage and be as proud of them as Peter was of me.”
See a clip of the 1992 TV dramatisation of The ABC Murders below: