A ‘Knives Out’ Sequel is Officially Happening

Published on February 8, 2020

Knives Out was a reminder of the power of originality. Yes, it was inspired by the likes of Agatha Christie, but still, it wasn’t a remake, an adaptation, or based on a board game. It was new, and because of that reason, audiences ate it up. For two months, Rian Johnson’s whodunit stayed in the top 10 at the box-office. It hasn’t slowed down, earning up $294 million worldwide. Now, a sequel is officially a go. 

Knives Out Sequel 

Before the murder mystery even came out, Johnson was teasing his desire to tell more stories with Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig). The writer-director wants to show detective Blanc in a new case in each sequel, likely surrounded by an all-star cast similar to the one in Knives Out. Johnson confirmed to Deadline

I had such a good time making it, such a great time working with Daniel, and now just seeing that audiences are responding to it, the idea of continuing it on seems like it would just be a blast. But there’s a lot that has to happen before that can happen, first and foremost being writing a script. So, we’ll see.

The Update

Lionsgate’s 2019 had its ups and downs. Both Bombshell and Midway underperformed, but John Wick 3 and Knives Out were winners. They’re both getting sequels. During the company’s third-quarter earnings call, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed the Knives Out sequel has the greenlight.

From the sound of it, it may happen sooner than later. With Daniel Craig done filming his last Bond movie and Johnson without his next movie set in stone, the duo could easily start shooting a sequel before the year ends. A 2021 or 2022 release date is most likely. 

Global Appeal 

Knives Out was a movie with mass wide appeal. As specific as the story was, it was just an all-around crowd-pleaser with a tone and sense of humor that managed to connect with the world. The movie was a massive success in China, for example, which never goes unnoticed. It’s the a top priority territory for studios, despite the Chinese government only permitting a certain number of American titles there in a year.

In total, Knives Out made $28 million in China. The filmmakers were very surprised because usually only superhero movies or effects-heavy movies make significant box-office cash in China. 

The Word of Mouth

The studio and filmmakers credit the success of the movie to the overwhelmingly positive reviews and audience reactions. Weeks before the movie was even released, Lionsgate was showing it to audiences to drum up hype. Mission accomplished. All the good buzz leading up to Knives Out proved potent. Viewers couldn’t stop talking about the movie on social media or holiday gatherings. Two months after it came out, audiences are still flocking to the movie. 

What We Want in a Sequel

Well, first and foremost, whatever Rian Johnson wants in a Knives Out sequel. It’s his character and his world. The last time Johnson directed a sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he had to deal with the weight of expectations and history. With a Knives Out sequel, he can do whatever he pleases. It’s his own ‘lil universe of murder and betrayal. 
Most of Knives Out was set in a house, so it’d be wonderful to see Blanc in a big city uncovering clues and solving crimes, though.

A Knives Out sequel doesn’t need to be big, but if Johnson can go bigger with the sequel and show Blanc on a case in a new city, possibly a major one, why not? He was a fish out of water in Knives Out, but how would he fare solving a crime, say, in New York City or his hometown?

Stay tuned for more updates on the sequel, which most likely, we’ll learn more about in the coming months.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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