Knives Out 3 is happening, and here's everything we know about it.
In the wake of the phenomenal success of "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery," a cinematic masterpiece that graced both theaters and Netflix in December 2022, fans of the Knives Out franchise have been fervently awaiting the next installment - "Knives Out 3." In this article, we'll dissect all the information available as of now, shedding light on what we know and what we can anticipate.
The resounding answer is yes! Netflix secured the rights to two more Knives Out movies, shelling out a staggering $400 million for the privilege. This hefty investment solidified the existence of "Knives Out 3," reaffirming that the thrilling whodunit saga is far from over.
While Netflix hasn't officially dropped the release date bombshell for "Knives Out 3," this shouldn't set off alarm bells just yet. Sequels to Netflix originals typically have a gestation period of two to three years, a pattern that has held true for most of their movie sequels. For example, "Extraction" debuted in 2020, with its sequel following in 2023.
Considering this timeframe, it's reasonable to speculate that "Knives Out 3" might make its grand entrance in 2024. However, the current labor strikes, involving the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), have put a damper on progress. These strikes have likely stalled script development and casting. Consequently, 2025 is a more conservative estimate for the movie's release.
Release Prediction: December 2024 (Subject to Change)
As of now, only one cast member has been confirmed for "Knives Out 3," and it's none other than Daniel Craig, reprising his role as Benoit Blanc. In the previous Knives Out movies, Daniel Craig was the sole recurring actor, and it's highly likely that this tradition will persist.
Fans, however, have been eagerly speculating about the return of Janelle Monáe and Madelyn Cline, who made waves in "Glass Onion." Monáe played Andi and Helen Brand, while Cline portrayed Whiskey. While both have expressed their interest in returning, nothing has been officially confirmed. Monáe mentioned in an interview with ET Canada, "I would be honored. But Rian is not going to cast you if you’ve already done ‘Knives Out’ with the exception of Daniel Craig because he has to be the detective Benoit Blanc that comes in."
The prospect of seeing beloved characters from the first Knives Out film, such as Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more, in "Knives Out 3" remains uncertain. Rian Johnson appears keen on introducing fresh faces with each installment, but in the world of cinema, surprises are always in store.
Rian Johnson, the mastermind responsible for the Knives Out series, not only returns as the director but also as the writer for "Knives Out 3." In a January 2023 interview with Variety, Johnson hinted at the exciting prospects awaiting fans, stating, "I’m starting to work on the third movie now, and that’s also what’s got me creatively jazzed: I don’t have to replicate the last movie at all. The goal is to strike out in a completely new direction tonally and thematically."
This announcement leaves us with bated breath, eagerly anticipating what awaits us in the third installment. Johnson's creative genius has continually surprised and delighted audiences, and it's safe to say that "Knives Out 3" will be no exception.
If you're wondering how to embark on a Knives Out marathon, here's the scoop. While "Knives Out" is not a Netflix original and is currently unavailable on Netflix, you can still catch it on TNT and TBS through YouTube TV or other Pay-TV services.
On the other hand, "Glass Onion" is a Netflix original and can be exclusively streamed on the platform. When "Knives Out 3" finally graces us with its presence, it's likely to follow a similar distribution pattern. Expect a limited theatrical release before it becomes available for streaming on Netflix worldwide.
As of now, there are only two Knives Out movies, with the third one in the pipeline. Regarding a potential "Knives Out 4," Netflix hasn't made any public announcements. However, both Rian Johnson and Daniel Craig have expressed their interest in continuing the saga, provided they can maintain the quality and uniqueness of each installment.
Johnson emphasized, "The instant we feel like we’re turning the crank on another one of these, we have to stop." Craig echoed this sentiment, stating, "I just don’t think that’s what either of us want to do in life. Unless people are getting genuine fun out of them, forget it."
"Knives Out 3" promises to be a fresh and thrilling addition to the beloved franchise, with a new mystery, a creative mastermind at the helm, and the return of the iconic Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc. While the release date remains a mystery, one thing is certain - the world can't wait to embark on another journey with the detective who always finds the truth, no matter how hidden it may be. Stay tuned for more updates as the mystery unfolds.