Although there is a continuing debate over whether Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will ultimately be a box office disappointment as it trails behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I think we can all agree that Rian Johnson’s latest non-Star Wars film Knives Out has proven to be an overwhelming success this holiday season. The movie has earned $248 million worldwide on a $40 million budget and has continued to thrive in theatres over a month after its initial debut. Many would point to this as evidence that audiences are hungry for original stories and IPs, but now, ironically as a result of its success the movie is also about to become a franchise too. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to THR, Rian Johnson is now actively developing a Knives Out sequel with Daniel Craig expected to return as detective Benoit Blanc. It would find him investigating a new case although it is unclear if the story would be connected to Knives Out in any other way. It seems more likely to simply be a new standalone mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie’s classic Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple stories.
Johnson has stated that Knives Out came together rather quickly for him and he is hoping for another quick turnaround here with an eye on making the sequel within the next year. It’s worth noting that Lionsgate has not officially greenlit the film, however, and will wait until they see a finished script. In the meantime, Kenneth Branagh will keep the mystery genre alive on the big screen in 2020 with the upcoming Agatha Christie adaptation Death on the Nile. Are you excited to potentially see another Benoit Blanc movie in the near future?