And it’ll be money well-spent: The first Knives Out movie grossed over $300 million in 2019. There’s absolutely an appetite for more, and Netflix is about to deliver.
Deadline reports Daniel Craig will be reprising his role as Detective Benoit Blanc. However, the other members of the cast (including Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Lakeith Stanfield) will not be returning. That makes sense: Detective Blanc wrapped up their mystery at the end of the first movie. He’s ready to move on!
Talk of a sequel began less than a year after Knives Out‘s release. The film’s Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter, Rian Johnson, told Entertainment Weekly in January 2020 another movie is something he “would love to do.” It appears he’s getting his wish, two times over.
The Knives Out Twitter account is already poking fun at the news that the sequels will be Netflix Originals:
“I had so much fun working with Daniel… the idea of doing the same thing that Agatha Christie did with Poirot and Miss Marple—just doing a whole different deal with Benoit Blanc as the detective,” Johnson continued in the EW interview. “The possibilities of that seem endless in a way that’s really exciting.”
Craig expressed a similar excitement: “I mean, I’d do anything for Rian,” he told EW in a separate interview. “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?”
The first Knives Out sequel will begin shooting on June 28 in Greece.