Deadline says that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer announced today during an earnings call that they’re indeed moving forward with an untitled sequel to Rian Johnson’s murder mystery hit Knives Out starring Daniel Craig as Private Detective Benoit Blanc.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said Thursday during the company’s third-quarter earnings call that a sequel to Knives Out is officially a go, hinting that a production start for a follow-up to the money-making and critically acclaimed Rian Johnson whodunit is imminent.
It had been previously reported that Rian Johnson was already working on the sequel’s script and he had suggested during the film’s promotion he’d be interested in making multiple sequels with Daniel Craig.
Johnson spoke to EntertainmentWeekly about the potential of a sequel.
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.”
Daniel Craig told EntertainmentWeekly he’d be game for sequels as well.
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?”
Rian is nominated for Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey dies just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc arrives at his estate to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Thrombey’s untimely demise.
SOURCE: LIONSGATE VIA DEADLINE