Knives drawn: Netflix spends $ 450 million for two sequels

The shooting of the second part should begin on June 28, in Greece still with Daniel Craig in the costume of detective Benoit Blanc and directed by Rian Johnson.

A bloody murder, a crazy family and Daniel Craig as the strange detective: these were the ingredients that made the success of Knives Out, the luxury Cluedo released in 2019 at the cinema.

In this feature film directed by Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), inspired by the universe of Agatha Christie, it is the assassination of a rich novelist on his birthday that will change everything. The suspects ? His family reunited in full in his castle. In order to elucidate the murder, the investigation will be entrusted to private detective Benoit Blanc, alias Daniel Craig. By his side, actors Chris Evans (Captain america), Toni Colette (Little Miss Sunshine, Sixth Sense) or Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies, Freaky Friday) complete the cast.

If a sequel was planned by Lionsgate, it is ultimately the streaming giant, Netflix, which has announced in recent days to produce not one, but two suites. The synopsis is not yet known, but it is Daniel Craig who should put back the costume of detective Benoit Blanc.

Produced for $ 40 million in 2019, the film grossed more than $ 311 million at the global box office in the same year, creating a surprise. Knives Out even stood out with several nominations, including Best Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes and Best Original Screenplay at the 2020 Oscars.

And the film almost did not have the same fate. Daniel Craig was originally busy filming the latest James bond, until director Danny Boyle resigned over disagreements with the crew. The delayed filming, Daniel Craig was then able to join At daggers drawn.

One of the biggest contracts ever signed

According to Deadline, the streaming platform would have spent a sum of around $ 450 million to afford the franchise, tearing up the rights elbow to elbow with Apple and Amazon. It would be one of the biggest contracts ever signed to buy out the rights to a franchise. Not really surprising from Netflix, for whom the health crisis was rather beneficial: the bar of 200 million subscribers was exceeded at the end of 2020.

But to see Daniel Craig solve mysteries again, we will have to wait a little longer: the filming of the second part should begin on June 28, in Greece.


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