Sunday, May 19, 2024

Daniel Craig “Knives Out” Sequel Set for Toronto Film Festival: Part of $400 Mil Netflix Deal


I told you about Strawberry Fields, the place where nothing is real…

That’s the opening line from the Beatles’ “Glass Onion,” which is also the title of the first of two “Knives Out” movies coming from Netflix. “Glass Onion” is the first feature slotted for the Toronto Film Festival in September, and I’m going there even if the world has COVID! (OK?)

Director Rian Johnson made a $400 million deal with Netflix for two sequels to “Knives Out,” his huge pre-pandemic hit. He has total editorial control over the films as long as Daniel Craig is the star.

This column was first to report that Johnson would even be making sequels to “Knives Out.”

The new film also stars Edward Norton, Janelle MonĂ¡e, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline with Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista. I would think there would be a surprise cameo from Ana de Armas, star of the first “Knives Out,” as Craig’s character, Benoit Blanc, might need her help. But that’s just supposition.

This is a real coup for TIFF, so hats off to them that they grabbed it so quickly.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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