Because pretty much everybody loved Knives Out, Netflix decided to cut a big fat check to Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman for two sequels. It’s been reported that Netflix has agreed to fork over at least $400 million for the Knives Out sequels, with some people estimating the final amount will actually be closer to $450 million. Well, for those at home who have been known to get excited about accounting and numbers, here’s another one: $100 million of Netflix’s offer is allegedly going towards Daniel Craig’s salary.
Daniel Craig is so far the only actor from the original film that’s been confirmed to return, which makes sense because Benoit Blanc is the main detective at the heart of that whodunit. The Hollywood Reporter says that sources have informed them that it looks like Daniel is getting $100 million for his involvement in the next two films. But, it’s not just Daniel who is going to get even richer. THR says that they’ve heard Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman are also getting $100 million each for the two sequels.
The pact gave Johnson immense creative control, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. He doesn’t have to take notes from the streamer. The only contingencies were that Craig must star in the sequels and that each must have at least the budget of the 2019 movie, which was in the $40 million range. Sources say that Johnson, Bergman and Craig stand to walk away with upward of $100 million each.
The only mystery left to solve here is how much money will be left over after Daniel, Rian, and Ram get paid. There’s only going to be like, $100 million left over for those sequels. That’s nothing! I hope they’re smart with their pennies during production. Thrifty tip: the luxurious sweaters are now synthetic half-zip fleece pullovers.
Daniel Craig is already very, very rich from playing James Bond in five James Bond films, the last of which is No Time to Die, which might hit theaters this fall, if it doesn’t get pushed again. So this is great news for Daniel’s bank account. Meanwhile, it’s terrible news for his kids, who will now go to bed tonight knowing they’re getting stiffed out of even more of their daddy’s fortune. Wait a minute, wasn’t that a major second act plot point in Knives Out? Um, I’m not saying his kids are going to go Knives Out on him, but I am saying he should leave them something for making them listen to him practice that cartoon KFC colonel accent for two more movies.