There have been reports that Rian Johnson is already writing his Knives Out sequel and has previously stated he hoped to sneak in another feature film before he lectures the first installment in his original Star Wars trilogy that he’s been developing since the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
EntertainmentWeekly was able to speak with star Daniel Craig about returning to the Benoit Blanc role for Rian’s sequel and sounds extremely game for it.
CRAIG: “Sure. I’d be over the moon. I mean, I’d do anything for Rian. 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?”
A large contrast to when Craig was asked about returning to James Bond role during the Spectre press after a grueling production shoot leading to the actor suggesting dramatically he’d rather “slit his wrists” (eventually returned for No Time To Die).
Some genuine enthusiasm goes a long way.
Rian also commented recently to EW about the prospect of his sequel and will likely come down to a script worth making.
JOHNSON: “There’s a lot that has to happen: First and foremost, I have to write a script that’s worth a damn, so we’ll see. I don’t want to jump the gun, but it’s something I would love to do. First of all, because I had so much fun working with Daniel, and second, just because of 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. The possibilities of that seem endless in a way that’s really exciting.”
This certainly gives the impression that he isn’t rushing things.
With Daniel Craig exiting the Bond franchise after this April, Rian has talked-up about the idea of making multiple films with Craig as detective Benoit Blanc potentially giving the British actor a franchise that could allow him to age into without grinding his body into the ground like with playing 007.
SOURCE: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY