Aside from hits like Book Smart, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Parasite, one of the best movies made in 2019 was undoubtedly Knives Out. The whodunnit film, starring Daniel Craig, was seriously compelling, hilarious, and featured a totally star-studded cast. So it should have come as no surprise that there were almost immediately plans for another movie.
The initial movie wrapped things up for the mystery it presented, but there's honestly so much the writers can do for more stories in the future.
So, what can we expect from the Knives Out sequel? Is the production set to include the same cast and crew as the original Oscar-nominated film? Stay tuned for everything we know regarding the upcoming sequel.
Netflix won the rights to make two 'Knives Out' sequels.
Whether you were in it for the humor, the thrill, or the Agatha Christie-style writing, Knives Out was a total winner. And just a couple of months after its November 2019 release, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer and Motion Picture Group Chairman's Joe Drake confirmed an upcoming sequel, according to Deadline.
Now that Netflix has beat out both Apple and Amazon for a whopping $400 million price tag, the streaming platform plans to make two sequels to the hit movie. The deal is monumental for any streaming service, let alone Netflix, which has been home to tons of successful TV shows and movies over the years.
Who will be in the 'Knives Out' sequel?
Long before the Knives Out sequel even got the green light from Lionsgate, director Rian Johnson had implied his desire to create a sequel that would bring back Daniel Craig's original character, Benoit Blanc, to investigate a brand new case. Deadline confirmed as much when the news broke of Netflix winning the deal to stream the impending sequels.
Unfortunately, this implies that the remaining original cast members — aside from Daniel Craig — will most likely not be coming back. Toni Collette has already accepted the fact that her character from the original film, a lifestyle guru named Joni who married into the wealthy family, would probably not be written into the new story.
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis doubled down on the notion that the original Thrombey family will not return for the sequel with an Instagram post on April 1, 2021. The post reads, "To clear up any rumors, the Thromby family is in family counseling and the therapist suggested they stay away from Benoit Blanc in the future." It also gives a hilarious glimpse into where the family is now, including Chris Evans' Ransom having a "knitting sweater business."
On May 11, 2021, Deadline reported that Knives Out 2 added several big-name stars to its cast roster: Dave Bautista, most well known for his work as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy, Edward Norton, most well-known for Fight Club and the standalone The Incredible Hulk, and Grammy-award nominee Janelle Monáe.
Does 'Knives Out 2' have a release date?
Filming for Knives Out 2 will begin on June 28, 2021, in Greece, meaning that a 2022 release date isn't out of the question. However, the plot of the new movie and the rest of the cast details have not yet been announced.
In February 2020, Rian spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his hopes for the sequel and, at the time, he was ready to continue the adventures of the movie's star detective.
"Think of it just like another Hercule Poirot novel from Agatha Christie," he said, in reference to the famed author's detective character. "Whole new location, whole new cast."
Sadly, that means no more Chris Evans or Jamie Lee Curtis, both of whom had standout characters in the original movie. But seeing Daniel Craig work on solving yet another mystery is all you really need for a Knives Out sequel.