Rian Johnson says working on Knives Out sequel is a "mindf**k"

Amy West
·2 min read
Photo credit: Lionsgate
Photo credit: Lionsgate

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Knives Out director Rian Johnson has admitted that the process of writing its sequel has "been such a mindf**k," considering how long it took for him to make the first film.

During a chat with The Devil All the Time director Antonio Campos via Interview magazine, the filmmaker was asked what he's been working on recently, to which he replied: a follow-up to his 2019 whodunnit hit.

"It's been such a mindf**k, because I sat on the idea for the first one for 10 years, and with this one, I'm starting with a blank page. It's not really a Knives Out sequel," Johnson explained.

Photo credit: Lionsgate
Photo credit: Lionsgate

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"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."

Campos commented: "It's so cool that you created this character from such a deep love for those kinds of movies, and that you can take him on other adventures."

Starring Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Don Johnson, Ana de Armas and Jamie Lee Curtis, Knives Out follows Craig's Benoit Blanc as he tries to get to the bottom of the suspicious death of Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer).

Photo credit: Rich Polk - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rich Polk - Getty Images

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Turns out, mystery novelist Harlan was the wealthy patriarch of a big – and seemingly rather selfish – family, so Blanc's instincts quickly deduce that one of them had something to do with it. The question is, which?

Knives Out is out now on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K. It is also currently available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

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