To celebrate the release of Knives Out, which opens in UK cinemas this week, we sat down with the film’s writer/director Rian Johnson to talk about all things murder mystery.
Taking its cue from places as Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, Deathtrap and Clue, Johnson’s new film is a celebration and upgrade on the murder-mystery sub-genre that has stayed relatively dormant for years. Here, he takes a classic tale and subverts expectations, keeping audiences guessing throughout as the Thrombey family navigate the cunning sleuth Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) and his quest to find out who murdered the head of the house hold, Harlan (Christopher Plummer).
You can view the full interview below:
Knives Out opens in UK cinemas on November 27th.
Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, The Last Jedi) 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. With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, KNIVES OUT is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.