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Netflix Buys ‘Knives Out’ Sequels for $450 Million

Netflix is plunking down an astounding $450 million for the rights to “Knives Out 2” and “Knives Out 3,” the next two follow-ups to the 2019 murder mystery. The films will reunite director Rian Johnson and star Daniel Craig, who teamed up so memorably on the first detective story.

The first “Knives Out” was produced by Media Rights Capital, which sold the movie to Netflix. It was distributed by Lionsgate, going on to earn $311.4 million on a $40 million budget. Johnson was nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay.

The film gives Netflix a splashy new film series as it faces more competition in the streaming space. In recent months, new challengers such as HBO Max, Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus have emerged to challenge Netflix’s dominance.

Craig will reprise his role as  private detective Benoit Blanc. The films give Craig a new series to segue into as he wraps up his five-film stint as James Bond with “No Time to Die,” which will open in theaters this fall after numerous delays due to COVID-19.

Johnson previously directed “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Looper” and “Brick.” He envisioned “Knives Out” as an Agatha Christie-style whodunit.

In a 2019 interview with Variety, Johnson said he’d “…be thrilled to do another ‘Knives Out’ every few years.”

The first film centered on an eccentric mystery writer who is murdered in his house. His money-grabbing family finds itself under suspicion. The all-star ensemble included Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans,  Ana de Armas, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, and Christopher Plummer.

 

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