A new report from Variety has revealed that Netflix has dropped an absolutely ludicrous $450 million for the rights to Knives Out sequels. Sources close to the publication have noted that both Rian Johnson (director) and Daniel Craig (lead actor) will return for Knives Out 2 and Knives Out 3 sometime in the future. Not strictly sequels in the truest sense, these films will feature brand new mysteries and plotlines that resemble something of an anthology series.
What is unclear is if these films will debut on Netflix or not. Likely in a bid to counter Warner Bros. with its HBO Max deal, Netflix is snatching up prospective properties to incentivize viewers to stay subscribed to the streaming service. In fact, one Netflix executive told Variety that it is looking to spend multiple millions in marketing to create something of an event movie with these sequels. Talk about overkill.
I’m more just astonished at the price. Far be it from me to claim I know what $450 million should be spent on, but Knives Out wouldn’t be my first choice. The movie was definitely great, but you could do so much to help the world with that kind of cash. I suppose entertainment rules the world, though, so what do I know?