Netflix reportedly dropped massive cash to accumulate two sequels to Rain Johnson’s Oscar-nominated 2019 thriller movie “Knives Out.”
Detective Benoit Blanc’s subsequent instances will due to this fact drop solely on Netflix, though there is not any phrase but on what the character of these instances could also be or if every other characters will reprise their roles within the sequels.
Netflix declined to say how a lot it was paying for the movies, which Johnson will direct with Daniel Craig returning as inspector Blanc. Nonetheless, based on Deadline, the worth approaches $450 million, which might make it one of many largest acquisitions Netflix has ever made.
It additionally lands Netflix one thing it has dearly sought: the form of main movie franchises that conventional studios have lengthy relied on. Manufacturing on the second “Knives Out,” written by Johnson and produced by him and Ram Bergman, is about to start this summer time.
Netflix outbid a number of different streaming companies to land “Knives Out,” one thing that was even attainable as a result of the 2019 movie was produced by Media Rights Cable and distributed by Lionsgate on a single-picture deal.
Made for $40 million, “Knives Out” grossed $311.4 million in worldwide ticket gross sales and landed Johnson an Academy Award nomination for finest unique screenplay. The director in the end misplaced the award to “Parasite,” which ended up additionally taking house finest image on the 2020 Oscars.
The plot of the primary film noticed Blanc introduced in after a thriller author who’s the patriarch of a rich household dies below mysterious circumstances. He spends the investigation untangling the online of deceit and strained relationships between the household with the intention to work out how the sufferer met his demise.
Deadline stories that Craig’s character being the throughline within the sequels nearly didn’t occur. When Danny Boyle exited the upcoming James Bond film “No Time to Die,” Craig was left with some downtime in his schedule that Johnson scooped up with the intention to make a whodunit thriller within the model of Agatha Christie. Had Craig’s final outing as James Bond not have been delayed, “Knives Out” may have been a totally completely different franchise.