Following the huge success of Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’, Netflix has stepped up and forked out a record $450 million for the rights to its two sequels.
The deal will see Rian Johnson return to take the helm of the follow-ups and Daniel Craig set to reprise his role of the supersleuth Benoit Blanc.
Johnson has also written the sequels and will produce alongside Ram Bergman. Casting has yet to take place.
Originally was acquired in a single picture deal by MRC, which distributed the film through Lionsgate. The first film cost $40 million and turned in a global gross north of $311 million. Owned and licensed by Johnson and Bergman on a picture by picture basis, Johnson and Bergman had the right to make the richest sequel deal they could.
The 2019 whodunnit original took everyone by surprise at its success, first seen as a stop-gap for Craig when Danny Boyle exited the next James Bond movie before Cary Joji Fukunaga transitioned onto the project. It followed the story of the circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure — everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Blanc sifts through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.
The stellar cast included Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.
Filming is due to commence June 28 in Greece.