Sequels to whodunnit hit Knives Out are heading to Netflix thanks to a huge deal.
The streaming giant has paid a whopping $US400 million-plus to land the rights to two sequels to Knives Out, the 2019 hit directed and written by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Last Jedi). Netflix took on other streamers to lock in the follow-ups, making it among the most lucrative movie deals in streamer history.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that Daniel Craig will back as Benoit Blanc, the detective who was looking into the mysterious death of a wealthy patriarch in the first film. Johnson will return to direct and produce the next two films, with producing partner Ram Bergman returning as well.
Johnson is reportedly keeping complete creative control over the next two projects, the result of the first film’s financiers and distributors MRC and Lionsgate only having the rights to the first film. THR reports that this Netflix deal with Johnson and Bergman “leaves some bruised feelings as MRC believed it had a controlling stake in Knives Out seeing as it had financed the initial outing.”
Knives Out was a big hit, earning $US311.4 million worldwide from a budget of around $US40 million. The Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer and Toni Collette-starrer was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay.
Casting on the still-untitled Knives Out 2 is about to kick off, with filming set to begin in Greece on June 28th. Stay tuned!