Two ‘Knives Out’ sequels are in the works as Netflix buys their rights for $450 million
Director Rian Johnson and star Daniel Craig are both returning for the new projects
Inspector Benoit Blanc’s mystery-solving days are far from over as Netflix is throwing down a hefty $450 million for the rights to two more “Knives Out” movies, Variety reports.
Fox News reports that the recent acquisition is one of the largest Netflix has ever made, and it grants the platform something studios have long depended on — a major film franchise. According to the site, Netflix outbid several other streaming services to land the rights to the follow-up films.
Deadline reports that the first “Knives Out” film was produced on a $40 million budget and grossed more than $310 million at the global box office.
Johnson will write and direct the upcoming sequel and Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the inspector. According to Deadline, shooting will begin in Greece in June and casting is underway.
Variety reports that the first film followed Craig’s Inspector Blanc as he worked to uncover who murdered an eccentric mystery novel writer. The movie featured an all-star cast that included Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Collette and Chris Evans. In 2019, the movie received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay.