Knives Out (opens in new tab) has been a surprise success, grossing almost $250 million worldwide – a huge number for a non-franchise movie in today’s climate. Unsurprisingly, there’s a thirst for more, and Knives Out could soon become a franchise of its own as director Rian Johnson has confirmed that a sequel to the whodunit is en route.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) at a pre-Golden Globes party, Johnson revealed that the sequel would revolve around Daniel Craig’s Texan detective Benoit Blanc investigating a new case. The writer-director added that the intention is to turn the project around within the next year.
The filmmaker had previously spoken about how Benoit Blanc could be a character like Agatha Christie’s Poirot who investigates various cases in different stories. Johson said of Craig returning to the role: “Daniel had so much fun doing it, and he wants to do more.”
There’s been no confirmation from Lionsgate regarding a sequel, though THR notes that the success of Knives Out should guarantee a sequel. The first movie cost $40 million, and has been hugely profitable.
Meanwhile, Craig is due to step down as James Bond following Bond 25 (opens in new tab), AKA No Time to Die, which reaches cinemas later this year.