By Chad Langen | Published
It seems like years since it was announced that Rian Johnson’s who-dun-it was wildly successful, Knives out, would get not one, but two follows. News broke in March 2021 that Netflix had acquired the rights to Knives Out 2 and Knives out 3 in a whopping $469 million deal, with the two sequels bringing Johnson back in the director’s chair and Daniel Craig as private investigator Benoit Blanc. Variety was first to report in January that we would see a return to the world of Knives out this fall, and today, The Hollywood Reporter announced the exact date when Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads a.k.a Knives Out 2 will premiere on Netflix.
According to TRH, Knives Out 2 set to hit Netflix on December 23rd, 2022. It will be released in select theaters at an undetermined date. The sequel will see Benoit Blanc (Craig) travel to Greece, where he will be immersed in an all-new mystery with a cast of new characters played by Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn and Madelyn Cline.
Although the plot details for Knives Out 2 are rather vague at the moment, the previous film centers on a renowned crime novelist who (Christopher Plummer) is found dead in his property just after his 85e anniversary, and Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his dedicated staff, Blanc sifts through a web of self-serving red herrings and lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.
The first one Knives out was an absolute hit with critics and viewers. Released in 2019, the star-studded film still sits on Rotten Tomatoes with an astonishing freshness rating of 97% from critics and 92% from viewers. Rian Johnson was even nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Additionally, the film was a box office success, grossing $146 million domestically and a worldwide total of $311 million. With numbers like that, a Knives Out 2 was anything but given. At one point, several studios were eyeing the rights to the franchise. In fact, there was a frantic bidding war between several studios and streamers, but Netflix ultimately emerged victorious.
Considering the amount of money Netflix has given up to acquire the rights to Knives Out 2 and Knives out 3, the network is no doubt expecting both follow-ups to be a smash hit. It’s been known for some time that the streaming giant is looking to launch its own franchise to rival those from major studios like Warner Bros., Disney and Universal. Although they had notable success with quirky features such as The old guard, Bright and Project Power, they seem to modify their strategy by recovering an existing property. We’ll see if their gamble pays off later this year.
Knives Out 2 premieres on Netflix on December 23rd, 2022, with an air date yet to be announced. The sequel stars Daniel Craig, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn and Madelyn Cline. Rian Johnson is directing from his own screenplay.