With a worldwide box office take of $247.5 million and a budget of $40 million, it’s no surprise that Lionsgate would want to move forward with a Knives Out sequel. Writer/director Rian Johnson tells The Hollywood Reporter that a second film could film in the next year.
Johnson told the trade that he is already developing a sequel centered on Daniel Craig‘s Southern detective Benoit Blanc investigating a new case. Johnson’s producing partner, Ram Bergman, added that Craig was eager to reprise the role. “Daniel had so much fun doing it, and he wants to do more,” he said.
Lionsgate has not given the green light to a Knives Out sequel, but with the box office haul and Craig wrapping up his run as James Bond, it could be a lucrative new franchise for the studio.
The whodunnit also stars Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jeaden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.
The film pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in Knives Out, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.