Netflix secures the rights to the ‘Knives Out’ sequels starring Daniel Craig, reports say

"Knives Out" and "Zodiac."
Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas in "Knives Out" and Robert Downey Jr. alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in "Zodiac."
  • Netflix has acquired rights to two "Knives Out" sequels in a $450 million deal, Variety reported.
  • Rian Johnson is said to be set to direct, with Daniel Craig returning as Benoit Blanc.
  • The first film, released in late 2019, grossed $311 million in theaters.

Netflix closed on a massive deal for two sequels to the 2019 blockbuster "Knives Out," with Rian Johnson set to direct and Daniel Craig featuring again as Benoit Blanc, according to Deadline and Variety.

Netflix spent $450 million on the sequels, according to the reports, making it one of the largest streaming-movie deals ever.

Deadline reported that Apple, Amazon, and Netflix bid on rights to the sequels.

The first film, acquired by Media Rights Capital and distributed through Lionsgate, cost $40 million and grossed $311 million after its release in late 2019.

The first sequel is expected to begin shooting in Greece on June 28.

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