Rian Johnson Confirms ‘Knives Out’ Sequel Currently in the Works

Jan 5, 2020

After the worldwide success of Lionsgate’s ‘Knives Out,’ many fans were wondering what the status of the sequel was. Today, Showbiz 411 has revealed that writer/director Rian Johnson is working on a sequel to the hit movie.

The full statement from Showbiz 411 is below:

“So I learned exclusively that ‘Knives Out’ director Rian Johnson– who’s waiting for his marching orders on new ‘Star Wars’ movies– has been commissioned to write a sequel of sorts to his clever, funny ‘Knives Out.’ Johnson will pen a new story for Craig’s charming Southern detective Benoit Blanc. “It will have all new characters and a crime to solve for Benoit Blanc.”

The Hollywood Reporter corroborated the scoop, stating that Johnson is indeed already working on a ‘Knives out’ sequel:

“Johnson told The Hollywood Reporter at Lionsgate’s pre-Golden Globes party on Saturday night that he was already developing a sequel centered on Craig’s Southern detective Benoit Blanc investigating a new case. He added that he was eager to make the film quickly, ideally in the next year.

Johnson’s producing partner Ram Bergman added that Craig was eager to reprise the role. “Daniel had so much fun doing it, and he wants to do more,” he said.”

In an interview with Collider, Rian Johnson mentioned that if the film performs well at the box office, he would love to turn ‘Knives Out’ into a series revolving around Benoit Blanc solving different mysteries. He also mentioned that he already has an idea and title for another film.

Last year, the acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson, whose credits range from ‘Brick’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ to ‘Looper’ and ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ paid tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in ‘Knives Out,’ a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted 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 Harlan’s untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, ‘Knives Out’ is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end. It’s no wonder people are already anticipating more!

Source: Showbiz 411 and The Hollywood Reporter