Netflix has nabbed the rights to not only one, but 2 sequels for the hit 2019 film, Knives Out.
Netflix just dropped a hefty sum of over $400 million for the sequels to the modern whodunit, Knives Out. Knives Out 2 and Knives Out 3 were already in the works by Rian Johnson who wrote and directed the first film.
The films with be direct follow ups to the original murder mystery inspired by Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot, in the form of Benoit Blanc portrayed by Daniel Craig.
Both Craig and Johnson will be returning to for the sequels, Johnson as writer, director, and producer; Craig will be stepping back into the shoes of Blanc.
The first film was a Lionsgate film and brought in 8 times its budget with a grand total of $311.4 million at the box office. It also received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay but ended up losing out to Parasite.
Johnson has already completed writing both of the sequels which were both being produced by Lionsgate before Netflix swooped in. The first of the sequels is already in pre-production and is set to begin filming this June in Greece.
Of the star-studded cast from the first film which included Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, and Christopher Plummer; Craig is the only member that is confirmed to be returning.
When previously talking about the role with Entertainment Weekly, Craig said he would be, “over the moon to play the character again. I mean, I’d do anything for Rian. If he writes something, I’ll do it. Of course I will. Why wouldn’t I? I had a ton of fun doing it. You aim for that every time, you aim for that to work out. It rarely, rarely does, but it did on that movie and how nice is that?”