A Knives Out sequel has been officially confirmed by Lionsgate, so get ready for round two of Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc!
Rian Johnson’s Knives Out was a hit with critics and with audiences, grossing nearly $300 million worldwide on a $40 million budget and garnering nominations and wins from all over the critical landscape, including the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and the upcoming Oscars.
And although Knives Out was never billed as any kind of franchise starter, that kind of commercial and critical success made it seem as though it was only a matter of time before Lionsgate, the studio behind the film, would greenlight a sequel.
In fact, Rian Johnson himself had been pushing for a sequel, telling THR that he was working on a follow-up film centered around Benoit Blanc a few weeks ago at a Golden Globes party.
However, a writer/director talking about a film they want to make is not the same thing as a film being made, and there have been many passion projects by directors that have been stuck in pre-production hell for months or even years.
However, that’s not the case for Knives Out, as Lionsgate has officially confirmed that a sequel is definitely on the way.
According to Deadline, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said Thursday during the company’s third-quarter earnings call that a sequel to Knives Out has officially been greenlit and hinted that production start for a follow-up was imminent.
Knives Out had an impressive cast including Ana De Armas, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette; however, as previously mentioned by Rian Johnson, the sequel will be focused on Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc solving another mysterious crime, with a brand new cast of characters likely to join him.