When people get desperate, the knives come out — and when films see the level of success Rian Johnson’s murder/mystery Knives Out had, the sequels do, too.
Approaching $300 million at the box office, Knives Out was a worldwide phenomenon. Chris Evans in cable knit sweaters hit every Twitter timeline, award nominations from the likes of the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards flooded in, and talks of a sequel began as soon as moviegoers left the theaters. And now, that sequel is official. During the Lionsgate third-quarter earnings call, the studio announced its plans to start a follow-up to Knives Out, even referring to it as “a new Lionsgate franchise”, leading assumptions to possibly more than a sequel in the future.
Writer/director Rian Johnson has also expressed interest in continuing the story of the Southern detective Benoit Blanc played by Daniel Craig, wanting to create an entire Miss Marple-esque series with Craig at the helm. Johnson went into further detail about his hopes and plans for the future of the story in his chat with SAG-AFTRA, saying that he likes the mystery shrouding Blanc’s history so origins could likely be ruled out, but that there’s so many other mysteries out there for Blanc to solve. Craig is also open to the idea of returning to his doughnut-loving detective role, stating to EW that he had a “ton of fun doing it” and if Rian wrote something, he would be “over the moon” to star in it.
No other details were discussed, but we can expect another rendition of CSI:KFC, hopefully sooner rather than later.