Unlike previous films, Netflix has prudently decided to give Knives Out 2 a theatrical stint to avoid its past mistakes.
Directed by The Last Jedi filmmaker Rian Johnson, Knives Out was a massive success n 2019 and marked Johnson’s entry into the murder mystery genre, imitating Agatha Christie’s whodunnit oeuvre.
With Detective Benoit Blanc in the centre, following the first film’s rave ratings, Netflix has acquired the rights to both the sequels for a massive sum, nearly doubling what the previous studio, Lionsgate had to offer.
However, unlike most of its previous productions, Netflix, which has suffered a lot of financial losses this year, is testing out a new release schedule by granting the film an exclusive theatrical window which might be a 45-day period before the film begins streaming on Netflix.
Netflix has been creating Original content since 2012 and has rarely debuted any of these films in theatres. However, the dwindling number of subscribers and falling stock prices along with the desire to make the films eligible for awards consideration are compelling the streamer to do the same.
Precisely, this is the reason why films like The Power of the Dog, Don’t Look Up, The Irishman, My Octopus Teacher etc. debuted in theatres.
While the title for Knives Out 2 has not yet been confirmed, the film will star Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc yet again. He will be joined by a massive ensemble cast, namely Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom Jr., Kathryn Hahn, Jessica Henwick and Madelyn Cline.