Media Rights Capital has acquired worldwide rights to Knives Out, a contemporary murder mystery that will star Daniel Craig as a detective assigned to solve the crime, with Rian Johnson directing.
The film is now fully financed and ready to shoot in November, with Craig starring before he returns to Bond 25, which is in the process of getting a new director after the exit of Danny Boyle. Johnson, who wrote the script and is producing with partner Ram Bergman, will direct this as his first film since the $1.3 billion global-grossing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and before he and Bergman return to architect a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe that Johnson is writing to direct.
The film is best described as a modern day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style, infused with Johnson’s original voice that informed films from Brick to Looper. Johnson is casting around Craig an ensemble of six to eight actors who’ll co-star.
On the film, MRC co-presidents of film Brye Adler and Jonathan Golfman said, “We have been massive fans of Rian and Ram’s since we saw Brick and have been pursuing them ever since. Knives Out is such a fun, inventive and entertaining film and we are thrilled to partner with Rian, Ram and Daniel on this exciting, original project.”
Johnson & Bergman also sent a statement of their own, “We are so excited to work with Brye, Jonathan and the whole team at MRC. They’re true movie fans and will be terrific partners for this adventure.”
Johnson says he loves Agatha Christie’s rich characters and twist and turns in the locked-door mansion murder mystery format and has been figuring out a contemporary version for a decade. He wrote it over the summer, and when Craig suddenly became available, he and Bergman jumped to secure him. Knives Out launches their new production company, which they’ve yet to name.
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