Nominated for Best Original Screenplay, the murder mystery from Rian Johnson has been a huge hit with audiences across the world, as it approaches the $300 million mark worldwide. Daniel Craig is expected to return as the private detective Benoit Blanc.
No details have been given yet on either plot or casting, so it remains unknown whether it will feature the Thrombey/Drysdale family dynamic, or whether it will be an entirely new story. “Knives Out” features a star-studded ensemble including Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield and Don Johnson.
Rumors of a sequel had circulated for a while and the news that Lionsgate have made it official feels somewhat of an inevitability. What may come as a surprise is that not only is a sequel in the works, but rumors that it may become a fully fledged franchise. This wouldn’t be a bad move by Lionsgate, especially considering the amount of money it made.
Upcoming features for Lionsgate in 2020 include the ninth installment in the Saw franchise, “Spiral,” and the “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” a comedy follow-up to “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” set to be released in August. They also recently acquired “Ironbark” from Sundance, however there is no news on whether that will be released this year.
Neither Johnson nor Craig are strangers to franchise films. Johnson wrote and directed “The Last Jedi,” the second installment in the Daisy Ridley/Adam Driver Star Wars trilogy, however “Knives Out” will be the first of his original films to have its own sequel. Johnson wrote and directed “Brick,” “The Brothers Bloom” and “Looper” before making “The Last Jedi,” but they all remain standalone films.
For Craig, the timing is perfect. He is expected to hang up the 007 persona after “No Time to Die,” ending his 14 years as British spy James Bond. This will free him up for even more projects and a return to the Benoit Blanc character may just be a perfect fit for him.
Johnson’s attention for now though, will be Sunday’s Oscars, with “Knives Out” earning him his first ever Academy Award nomination. Although not expected to compete with heavy category favorites “Parasite” and “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” it is nonetheless a special occasion for Johnson and much deserved given his proven talents as a screenwriter in recent years. Lionsgate also have “Bombshell” competing at the 92nd Academy Awards, with Charlize Theron nominated for Best Actress as well as the film’s nomination for Best Makeup & Hairstyling.
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