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'Knives Out' sequels move to Netflix, Daniel Craig returning

Daniel Craig is expected to star in two "Knives Out" sequels for Netflix.&nbsp;File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/6bbea500e3dc69724912024ea40c09e2/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Daniel Craig is expected to star in two "Knives Out" sequels for Netflix. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

March 31 (UPI) -- Netflix has obtained the rights to two sequels to the 2019 hit Knives Out. Writer/director Rian Johnson and star Daniel Craig are expected to return.

The Wrap reports that Netflix paid over $400 million for two sequels. Variety puts that number at $450 million.

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Lionsgate distributed the first film in Nov. 2019 after its Sept. premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Johnson was already working on a sequel, intending to film in June according to The Wrap.

Knives Out starred Craig as detective Benoit Blanc. As Blanc investigated the apparent suicide of author Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), an ensemble cast of actors became murder suspects.

Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Katherine Langford, and Jaeden Martell played Thrombey family members, each with motive. Ana de Armas played Thrombey's maid.

Only Craig would reprise his role to solve a new mystery in sequels. The James Bond actor plays Blanc with a southern accent.

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Knives Out grossed $311 million worldwide. Johnson wrote in the Los Angeles Times that he was inspired by Agatha Christie mysteries and Alfred Hitchcock movies.

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