Director Rian Johnson is already at work on the script for a follow-up to last year’s murder mystery Knives Out, and says it will focus on Daniel Craig’s character Detective Benoit Blanc.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson said the sequel he envisions would focus on Blanc as he investigated another case. Presumably this means that it won’t reveal the fallout of the original’s ambiguous ending or see the return of its star-studded cast, including Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Katherine Langford. Whatever the mystery may be, Johnson told THR he wants to begin production proper quickly, in the next year if possible.
Lionsgate hasn’t officially greenlit the sequel, but as of this writing Knives Out has grossed over $247.5 million on a $40 million budget, so the script Johnson is writing likely won’t go to waste.
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While Knives Out’s future looks bright, Johnson is also doing more work within the Star Wars franchise, with plans to write a new trilogy of films in the universe, but those have been put on hold while Disney and Lucasfilm assess the state of the franchise in a post-Rise of Skywalker world. Johnson directed Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, which was released in 2017. The movie launched to strong reviews, but was torn to shreds by fans unhappy with the movie’s inclusive message that Star Wars could be for everyone. These same people pushed actress Kelly Marie Tran off of social media through harassment, and were pandered to by Disney both in the marketing for Rise of Skywalker and in the movie itself.
Whatever Johnson’s relationship with Star Wars looks like, at least he’ll have Knives Out, an original creation not beholden to Disney and hostile fans. Hopefully with more to come very soon.
For more on Knives Out, check out Fanbyte’s review.