Netflix is going for the full ‘Knives Out’ package. The streaming platform has acquired rights to produce the second and third instalment of the murder mystery thriller in a deal worth $450 million.
Director Rian Johnson and star Daniel Craig will reunite for the sequels. Johnson is producing alongside Ram Bergman via their production banner T-Street. The first sequel is expected to go into production come this Summer in Greece.
The original film, which followed the story of an eccentric screen writer who was murdered in his own house, scored Johnson an Academy Award nomination in the best original screenplay category. It was developed on a $40 million budget, but went on to plunge a whopping $311.4 million at the box office.
The developing sequels secure Craig his next film series ticket 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’s director credits include “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Looper” and “Brick.”
Aside Craig, ‘Knives Out’ featured a star-studded cast list which included Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis and the late Christopher Plummer.
MRC Entertainment produced the 2019 project, while Lionsgate distributed.
It is yet to be disclosed whether the sequels will have a theatrical release alongside their streaming runs.