Netflix buys Knives Out sequels for $450 million
Staff Reporter | On 31, Mar 2021
Netflix has bought the sequels to Knives Out for $450 million.
Produced by Media Rights Capital, distributed by Lionsgate and directed by Rian Johnson, the star-studded crime caper explored the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey. Renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knew one thing for sure — everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family was a suspect. And so he sifted through a web of lies, red herrings and barely concealed prejudice to mount a twist-filled whodunnit with a cast that included Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Christopher Plummer and Michael Shannon – plus Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc.
The movie was a huge success, earning more than $311 million from a budget of $40 million, and picking up an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay in the process. Since then, Johnson has made no secret of wanting to do a follow-up, building an Agatha Christie-style series following Craig’s Benoit Blanc.
Now, Variety reports that Netflix is making that franchise its own, stumping up a whopping $450 million for the rights to Knives Out 2 and Knives Out 3, with Johnson and Craig both on board for the two sequels.
The deal gives Netflix a franchise that’s already got a built-in audience and high critical acclaim – just the thing to help it compete in a marketplace now populated by rivals such as Disney+ and (in the USA) HBO Max, after a year in which streamers have increasingly battled to snap up high-profile films from studios for exclusive release while cinemas were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.