There are two sequels to Rian Johnson’s hit murder mystery thriller Knives Out on the way, which will stream exclusively on Netflix. Here is everything we know so far.
Rian Johnson has had a fascinating and diverse directing career to date. He made his debut with the 2005 high school noir film Brick, which was followed by the romantic film The Brothers Bloom and the sci-fi thriller Looper. Next was the Star Wars movie The Last Jedi. While some of the more surprising plot and character developments in that movie divided fans, anyone who had followed Johnson’s career up to that point knew that he was unlikely to deliver a totally mainstream Star Wars movie (after everything, we have JJ Abrams for that).
So it came as no surprise when Johnson made another left turn for his fifth film. Knives Out was a hugely entertaining old-fashioned murder mystery, with a star-studded cast clearly having a blast with the film’s dark humor, crisp dialogue, and clever twists. Knives Out was also a financial success. It made $ 311 million worldwide on a modest production budget of $ 40 million, an impressive figure for a Hollywood movie that was not a sequel, reboot, or based on an existing property. Additionally, it earned Johnson an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
The writer-director began talking about his hopes of making a second Knives Out movie shortly after the first’s release, and in April 2021, the movie was officially announced. While Lionsgate distributors gave Knives Out a wide theatrical release, it was Netflix that signed on to fund not only the sequel, but a third entry as well. The streaming giant was reported to have paid a whopping $ 469 million for the rights to Knives Out sequels, with Johnson, producer Ram Bergman and star Daniel Craig set to make $ 100 million each. Another impressive cast has been assembled, and with production about to begin on Knives Out 2, here’s what we know so far.
Who is the writer and director?
Rian Johnson is set to return as writer and director in the two Knives Out sequels.
Which is the title?
An official title for the film has yet to be revealed.
Who will come back?
So far, the only confirmed cast member of the first film is Daniel Craig, as private detective Benoit Blanc. In a hilarious Instagram post in April, Knives Out star Jamie Lee Curtis confirmed that “none of us will be joining Mr. Blanc in Greece,” as well as providing updates on what happened to the Thromby family after the events of the first movie.
Who is new to the cast?
Knives Out 2 has assembled an incredible supporting cast thus far. No details on any characters have been revealed yet, but this list of names alone makes the film a must-see:
Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Army of the Dead) Madelyn Cline (Outer Banks, Stranger Things) Jessica Henwick (Underwater, Love and Monsters) Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision) Kate Hudson (Deepwater Horizon, Almost Famous) Janelle Monáe (Homecoming, Antebellum) Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk) Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami)
When is the movie released?
Knives Out 2 doesn’t have a release date yet, but with production scheduled to begin in June in Greece, it’s a good bet to launch in 2022.
Which it is the plot?
We know very little about the plot of Knives Out 2. The film will be set in Greece, which will give the film a very different feel to the New England setting of the first film. Johnson has already revealed his intention to turn things around this time, stating, “If I can meet Daniel every few years and do a new Benoit Blanc mystery: new location, new cast, new mystery, it would be too much.” fun.”
Recently, Odom Jr. has described the script as “very funny”, while Bautista went even further and said it was “brilliant.”
What do we know about Knives Out 3?
Whatever happens with Knives Out 2, the third movie is definitely happening. But beyond that, nothing is known about Johnson’s plans for Knives Out 3, and with production on the second film about to begin, it’s unlikely we’ll know more for some time.
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