We don’t know what to expect from a Knives Out sequel – but the prospect compels us. Rian Johnson’s subversive mystery is back for a second stab at the whodunnit genre, though it sounds like only Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc will be returning from the original cast.
In conversation with The Devil All The Time director Antonio Campos for Interview magazine (opens in new tab) (side-note: we were also in conversation with Campos recently, which you can read here), Johnson laid out his vague plans for what’s next for Knives Out – and it starts with a blank page.
“It’s been such a mindfuck, because I sat on the idea for the first one for 10 years. And with this one, I’m starting with a blank page,” Johnson said. “It’s not really a Knives Out sequel. I need to come up with a title for it so I can stop calling it The Knives Out Sequel because it’s just Daniel Craig as the same detective with a totally new cast.”
Of course, we don’t know the hole – sorry, whole – story yet, but it’s a good enough start. For one thing, it’s looking like it might not be called Knives Out 2: Electric Boogaloo (or any other variation of Knives Out, but I imagine the marketing team will soon have a say in that).
Perhaps most importantly, no return of Chris Evans’ shit-eating grin, nor Ana de Armas’ barftastic sidekick, Marta. The latter exclusion is a shame as she definitely had potential to be a long-term Watson to Craig’s southern Sherlock.
Knives Out 2 is all but official, meanwhile, with it being called a “Lionsgate franchise” during an earnings call in February. Now we wait for the next mystery to be solved: who’s going to appear opposite Daniel Craig?