A new story from The Hollywood Reporter has shed some light on Netflix’s blockbuster deal to buy the Knives Out sequels. The story talks about how the deal went down, how much creative control director Rian Johnson is getting, what the terms of the deal were, and how much money the key talent stands to make.
Sources said Johnson is getting “immense creative control” with the Knives Out sequels. “He doesn’t have to take notes from the streamer,” the report said. Netflix did have two demands, however–that star Daniel Craig, who played the southern detective Benoit Blanc, would star in both sequels. Additionally, each sequel needed to have a similar budget to the 2019 film, which was about $40 million, according to the report.
In terms of how much money the key talent will make off the deal, THR said Johnson, Craig, and producer Ram Bergman will take home $100 million or more each. Netflix is paying a total of around $469 million for the Knives Out sequels, according to the report.