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Why It’s No Wonder That Netflix Paid an Heir’s Ransom for ‘Knives Out’ Sequels


Claudia Eller Co-Editor-in-ChiefI’m still trying to get my head around why Netflix would pay a jaw-dropping $468 million for two “Knives Out” sequels — plus the right to make a third if writer-director Rian Johnson signs on.Yes, the original campy murder-mystery hit, produced by MRC and released by Lionsgate in 2019, earned $311 million in global ticket sales, returning a tidy profit for a movie that cost about $45 million to make.And yes, I understand that Netflix wants and needs a big, potentially lucrative Hollywood franchise to call its own in order to better compete with the level of top-notch IP that powers Disney Plus and HBO Max.

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