Netflix lands Knives Out sequels in high-priced deal

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Detective Benoit Blanc’s subsequent circumstances will probably be for Netflix. The streaming firm mentioned Wednesday it has reached a deal for 2 sequels to Rian Johnson’s acclaimed 2019 whodunit, Knives Out.

Netflix declined to say how a lot it was paying for the movies, which Johnson will direct with Daniel Craig returning as inspector Benoit Blanc.

But Deadline, which first reported the deal, mentioned the worth would method $450 million — making it one among Netflix’s largest — and most sweater-clad — acquisitions.

It additionally lands Netflix one thing it has dearly sought: the sort of main movie franchises that conventional studios have lengthy relied on. Production on the second Knives Out, written by Johnson and produced by him and Ram Bergman, is to start this summer season.

Netflix outbid a number of different streaming companies to land Knives Out, one thing that was even doable as a result of the 2019 movie was produced by Media Rights Cable and distributed by Lionsgate on a single-picture deal. Made for $40 million, Knives Out grossed $311.4 million in worldwide ticket gross sales and landed Johnson an Academy Award nomination for greatest unique screenplay.

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