Daniel Craig’s southern-fried detective Benoit Blanc will be the only returning character in the Knives Out sequel, writer-director Rian Johnson has confirmed.
Johnson described the new script he’s writing as “not really a Knives Out sequel” because Craig’s sleuth is the only element connecting the two stories.
The 46-year-old filmmaker discussed the project while chatting with The Devil All the Time director Antonio Campos for Interview magazine.
He said: “It’s been such a mindf***, 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. 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.”
The decision is in keeping with the great whodunnits of the past which inspired the movie — most notably the work of Agatha Christie.
It’s no surprise that the colourful Thrombey clan will not appear, given the fact the first film’s murder victim was their patriarch.
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However, many had hoped that Ana de Armas’s nurse Marta would return, having essentially served as the Watson to Blanc’s Holmes in the 2019 movie.
Talk of a sequel to Knives Out began almost immediately after the film’s release, with Lionsgate officially confirming the follow-up in February.
Knives Out was a major success for the studio, scooping $309m (£242m) at the global box office and nabbing a Best Original Screenplay nomination at the Oscars.
Johnson discussed his approach to the sequel in an interview earlier this year, discussing the way Christie “found a very different narrative way” into each of the Poirot mysteries.
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“There’s a trap you can get into when writing one of these which is to think in terms… to think the attractiveness of it is the cleverness of the solution. And I think that’s actually a trap,” he said.
Johnson added: “What’s actually satisfying is the same thing as any other movie, which is there’s a character you’ve been following that you care about, and you’re worried about them, and then at the end in a way that’s really satisfying, you come to a conclusion of their arc.”