The amount paid by Netflix for the production and exhibition of the Knives Out sequences (Knives Out, in the original) will yield a millionaire fee for the protagonist Daniel Craig and the director Rian Johnson. According to The Hollywood Reporter magazine, each will pocket around $ 100 million (approximately R $ 559 million) for the work.
In all, Netflix paid US $ 469 million (R $ 2.6 billion) for the production of the two films that will continue the franchise. Ram Bergman, Johnson’s partner at the T-Street production company, will get the same amount for the filmmaker.
Still according to the publication, the deal with Netflix gave Johnson creative control, which directed and wrote the first feature. He won’t need to report to anyone on the streaming service.
The only requirements of the platform to continue with the projects were Craig’s return on both sequences and a cost limit: the films could not individually exceed the budget of the original feature: US $ 40 million (R $ 223 million).
In addition to Lionsgate, another company that loses with the franchise’s switch to Netflix is producer MRC, which is responsible for financing the first Entre Knives and Secrets. In a statement sent to the report, a spokesman said the deal with Rian Johnson was for only one film, and that he and Bergman had full control of the rights.
Sources close to Netflix told the magazine that the platform took advantage of a “perfect storm”. The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted Lionsgate’s plans, which would have ensured the rights to the sequences without any major problems had it not been for the health and financial crisis.
With this, the streaming service has in hand a franchise that earned US $ 311 million (R $ 1.7 billion) and an Oscar nomination for best original script for Rian Johnson, in addition to numerous critical and public acclaim.
“Yes, it’s too expensive, but Netflix is playing chess while everyone is playing checkers,” said a streaming executive familiar with the business.
“You take a proven product from the board and put it in your pocket. And it is yet another way to re-educate the public to think about streaming over a studio,” he concluded.
The original film tells the story of a family that will celebrate the patriarch’s birthday, played by Christopher Plummer (1929-2021), and he mysteriously dies the night of the event. To investigate, Detective Blanc (Craig) goes to the house, where everyone is a suspect. While the interrogations are taking place, chaos ensues among relatives.
The cast also features Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Katherine Langford, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Shannon in the cast. The sequels are not yet scheduled to debut in the Netflix catalog.
Remember the subtitled trailer for Between Knives and Secrets below: