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‘Knives Out 3’ Sequel Title Revealed: ‘Wake Up Dead Man’

‘Knives Out 3’ Sequel Title Revealed: ‘Wake Up Dead Man’

Knives Out 3 has a title: Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery.

“The next Benoit Blanc mystery, the follow-up to Knives Out and Glass Onion, is called Wake Up Dead Man,” writer/director Rian Johnson revealed on X, formerly Twitter, on Friday.

A 45-second video on Johnson’s X page also officially confirmed Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Benoit Blanc in the movie that is set to debut on Netflix next year. The streaming giant on its Tudum site also said Craig will return as Blanc to solve a new murder mystery.

“That’s right, Daniel Craig is back as the suave Southern investigator in Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery, a new installment of the whodunnit franchise written and directed by Rian Johnson. Blanc will be unraveling a brand new murder mystery in an as-yet-undisclosed setting, surrounded by a new colorful cast of suspects,” Netflix said.

The Hollywood Reporter had previously reported on the Netflix pact for the two Knives Out sequels, which included that Johnson doesn’t have to take notes from the streamer, 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.

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Johnson will write and direct the second sequel to his 2019 film, which earned him an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. “I love everything about whodunnits, but one of the things I love most is how malleable the genre is. There’s a whole tonal spectrum from Carr to Christie, and getting to explore that range is one of the most exciting things about making Benoit Blanc movies,” the director posted on his X thread.

There’s no word on whether Netflix will give Wake Up Dead Man a theatrical release, as it did with Glass Onion, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

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