Rian Johnson takes a lot of crap. Thanks to his role as the writer/director of The Last Jedi, perhaps the most divisive Star Wars movie of all, the internet is often yelling at him. Many people love what he did with the franchise, even if the franchise itself did not, systematically rolling back most of his changes with the (terrible) Rise of Skywalker capper to the new trilogy.
Despite the fact that there are petitions out there calling for Johnson’s head, he seems to be doing just fine. Not only is Disney still planning to make his Star Wars trilogy, his post-Last Jedi effort, Knives Out, a big commercial and critical hit that netted him an Oscar nomination, it’s also in line for multiple sequels. And now those sequels are (almost) officially moving forward, to the tune of some $400 million, at Netflix.
Deadline reported that the streaming giant is close to closing a deal for two sequels to the 2019 mystery that put a spin on the typical whodunit. Johnson has already written the two sequels, both of which will feature Daniel Craig reprising his role as ace detective Benoit Blanc.
Netflix looks to have won a bidding war for the movies, besting both Amazon and Apple for the rights to what has become the Knives Out franchise. It’s one of the biggest streaming deals of all time.
The first movie cost $40 million and earned more than $300, so it’s no wonder studios were interested in the sequels. The first movie featured a large cast of memorable characters, and it is as of yet unknown whether anyone besides Craig will be returning. The first sequel will film in Greece, and casting is set to begin ASAP, so we should find out pretty soon.
I hope Chris Evans comes back if only to wear that sweater and swear at more people.