Netflix is reportedly buying the rights to Knives Out 2 and Knives Out 3 for a massive $450 million. The two sequels to the 2019 mystery film will reunite director Rian Johnson and star Daniel Craig.
Made for just $40 million, the first Knives Out (buy at Amazon) was produced by Media Rights Capital and was distributed to theaters by Lionsgate in November 2019. The movie grossed $165.4 million domestically and $146 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $311.4 million.
In addition to the theatrical box office success, Rian Johnson received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. The movie also received three Golden Globe nominations (for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy [Ana de Armas], and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy [Daniel Craig]).
Knives Out 2 is said to be starting principal photography on June 28, 2021 in Greece and casting will begin immediately, with Craig reprising his role as private detective Benoit Blanc.
Johnson’s previous feature film credits include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Looper and Brick. Johnson’s producing partner, Ram Bergman, said a year ago that Craig was eager to reprise the role. “Daniel had so much fun doing it, and he wants to do more,” he said.
Written, produced, and directed by Johnson, Knives Out also stars Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and the late Christopher Plummer.
Johnson 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 (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel 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.
Knives Out is a witty and stylish whodunnit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.
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