Rian Johnson Makes $100 Million Payday From Netflix’s ‘Knives Out’ Deal

The filmmaker and his “Knives Out” star Daniel Craig and producer Ram Bergman could all land $100 million in salary.

netflix shocked the movie world last week when the streaming giant announced it was buy the rights together “Knives out» sequels from the writer-director Rian Johnson in a deal worth $400 million. Now some details of the deal are highlighted in a new story published by The Hollywood Reporter. According to THR, Netflix “signed a $469 million deal” to land Johnson and Ram Bergman, his producing partner at T-Street, for “Knives Out 2” and “Knives Out 3.”

THR reports the deal gives Johnson full creative control of the “Knives Out” franchise, adding, “He doesn’t have to take any notes from the streamer. The only possibilities were that Craig had to star in the sequels and each had to have at least the 2019 film’s budget, which was in the range of $40 million. Sources say Johnson, Bergman and Craig are set to walk away with more than $100 million each.

IndieWire has contacted Netflix for further comment.

Lionsgate was the distributor of the original “Knives Out,” a critical and commercial success with $311 million at the worldwide box office and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in February 2020 that the studio was moving forward with a sequel, which Johnson had been touting since the world premiere of “Knives Out” at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019.

“I was never really interested in doing sequels, but that, the idea of ​​doing more with Daniel as a character, is not sequels,” Johnson said at the time. “That’s exactly what Agatha Christie did. It just arrived with a whole new mystery, a whole new location, a whole new cast, a whole new mystery lure mechanic and everything. That would be great.

Craig is confirmed for the two “Knives Out” sequels. As reported by Johnson, none of the cast members who played members of the Thrombey family in the original “Knives Out” are returning for the sequel. This cast included Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell. It remains to be seen whether or not the non-Thrombey characters played by Ana de Armas and Lakeith Stanfield will return.

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