The Knives Out franchise is expanding in a huge way!
Netflix is closing on a deal to make not one, but two sequels to the 2019 hit movie Knives Out, which would be directed by Rian Johnson and will star Daniel Craig once again, Deadline reported Wednesday (March 31).
Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Benoit Blanc. Rian wrote the original movie, and has written the sequels.
“Sources said the deal will be worth north of $400 million, making it one of the biggest streamer movie deals in history,” the outlet reported.
While the news of a sequel was already known, it was not known that there was a bidding war between streamers.
“The original was acquired in a single picture deal by MRC, which distributed the film through Lionsgate. The first film cost $40 million and turned in a global gross north of $311 million. Owned and licensed by Johnson and Bergman on a picture by picture basis, Johnson and Bergman had the right to make the richest sequel deal they could. It gives Netflix a bonafide event film franchise for its slate,” Deadline reported.
The first sequel will begin shooting on June 28 in Greece, and casting will start soon.
The deal “should land in the $450 million range.”
One of the film’s big stars revealed they almost passed on the role.
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