Netflix’s Knives Out Sequels could gross $ 100 million each for Daniel Craig & Rian Johnson
Following recent news that Netflix is showing not one but two sequels to 2019 director Rian Johnson’s hit Knives Out, it is now reported that Johnson, returning star Daniel Craig and producer Ram Bergman are going upstairs with them will be $ 100 million each from the deal.
It was initially believed that Lionsgate would release all subsequent sequels after being so successful on the first Knives Out. However, late last month, in a twist worthy of Benoit Blanc, it was revealed at the last minute that Netflix had signed a $ 469 million deal to release both of them Knife out 2 and knife out 3.
The deal is there Rian Johnson creative control over the projects, with sources saying he doesn’t have to take notes from the streaming giant. It was also reported that Netflix’s only option was for Daniel Craig to repeat his role from the first film and that the budget for each film would have to be at least equal to that of the first Knives Out, which was somewhere in the $ 40 million range . The same sources have claimed Johnson, Bergman and Craig could each make $ 100 million.
The deal is also believed to have come about because of the ongoing global situation and how it changed the approach to streaming content. “Yes, it’s paid too much, but Netflix plays chess while everyone else plays checkers,” says a streaming manager familiar with the deal. “It takes a proven theater product off the board and puts it in your pocket. And it’s another way to re-educate audiences to think about streaming and your company about a studio.”
Performers in an ensemble cast that includes, among others Daniel CraigChris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell and Christopher Plummer, Knife out follows master detective Benoit Blanc (Craig), who is called in to investigate the death of the patriarch of a wealthy, dysfunctional family. The film received unanimous critical acclaim for its performances, island history, and the revival of the classic Whodunnit, and grossed $ 311.4 million worldwide at the box office.
Since the success of the first film, viewers have been asking for a sequel. Writer / director Rian Johnson has confirmed that while Knives Out 2 is happening, it may not be quite as expected. While not much is known about the details of the sequel, Johnson has stated that it is best to think of the film not as Knives Out 2, but rather as the ongoing adventures of Daniel Craig’s world-famous private investigator Benoit Blanc.
“I’m actually writing another Knives Out. It was such insane because I sat on the idea for the first for 10 years. And on this one, I’ll start with a blank page,” Johnson said of the project last year. “It’s not really a sequel to Knives Out. I have to come up with a title for it so I can stop calling it The Knives Out Sequel because it’s just Daniel Craig as the same detective with a completely new cast.”
This news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.
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