The Game is Afoot Again! Netflix acquires the rights for two Knives Out sequels with Rian Johnson and Daniel Craig
Back in 2019, the writer/director Rian Johnson delivered a splendid murder mystery called ‘Knives Out‘. It contained an all-star cast that included Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Christopher Plumber. The film reinvigorated the genre. Both a box office and critical hit, a sequel was always on the cards.
It appears that Netflix has pushed the button and has gone all in. The kicker though is they don’t want one sequel. They want two! Johnson alongside his producing partner, Ram Bergman has already completed the screenplays. Production of the second film is due to start in June in Greece. Netflix is thought to have paid between $400-$450million for the deal. Apple TV and Amazon were also in the running to acquire the two sequels but it seems Netflix has won out.
The original film was acquired in a one-off deal by MRC which allowed Lionsgate to distribute it. But the one-off deal allowed any takers to get their hands on the sequels, with the highest bidder getting the chance to continue Johnson’s vision.
Daniel Craig will be returning once more as Benoit Blanc for the two sequels. His performance in the original film was sheer brilliance and was deserving of an Academy Award nomination. No other casting announcements have been made yet. But except for Craig, no stars of the original film will be returning for the sequel(s). It would be nice to have a cameo from Ana De Armas but it looks unlikely.
The sequel won’t be the same as the original as Johnson wants the films to be in more of an Agatha Christie vein:
“The same way Agatha Christie wrote a bunch of Poirot novels, we can do that with Blanc and keep making new mysteries, you know, whole new cast, whole new location, whole new mystery, it’s just another Beniot Blanc mystery. There’s so many different things you could do with it. You look at Agatha Christie’s books for example, it’s not like every single one is a mansion, and a family, and a library, and a detective. Besides settings, she also explored a bunch of different sub-genres, And Then They Were None is essentially a slasher film, it’s basically a horror movie; The ABC Murders is kind of like a proto-serial killer movie in a way. She found a very different narrative way into each of them.”
As yet, there is no date for release of the first sequel. But I would expect to see it around October/November of 2022. But whatever happens, we are assured that Benoit Blanc will be returning to sleuth again once more.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!