knives out script

If you need a break from sitting around watching endless hours of TV during quarantine and want to do some reading, Rian Johnson is here to help. The filmmaker has made the shooting draft of Knives Out available for all to read. Since it’s a shooting draft it’s pretty similar to the final film, although there are a few interesting differences here and there. Mostly, though, it’s another reminder of how damn fine a script this is.

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the last jedi behind the scenes photos

Star Wars: The Last Jedi and its incredible throne room scene remains burned in our minds, even three years after the polarizing film’s release. Now, as we sit twiddling our thumbs and scrolling through Twitter during our self-quarantines, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is dropping a few behind-the-scenes photos from that scene, as well as a sweet candid image of Carrie Fisher. See The Last Jedi behind the scenes photos below.

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Rian Johnson Knives Out set

“I just didn’t think it was realistic enough.”

How often have you heard someone’s complaints about a movie essentially boil down to this talking point? If you’ve spent enough time on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube comment sections, you’ve heard it. No matter the forum, film-related discourse in the 21st Century undeniably tends to fall back onto realism. Not that this is problematic in and of itself, but look no further than the cottage industry of popular “satirical” video channels that have gained massive followings in the past decade or so and focus exclusively on lazily snarking on factual inaccuracies and “unrealistic” plot elements to see just how easily this mode of thinking can go awry.

But what is realism, anyway? And what does director Rian Johnson have to do with this conversation? This might seem like a dumb question, but any proper discussion of film and filmmaking styles must first acknowledge the historical context. Let’s define our terms.

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Knives Out Scene Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Rian Johnson provides a 23-minute breakdown of a scene from Knives Out where nearly the entire all-star ensemble cast appears. Plus, take a look back at the history of the Matterhorn Bobsleds, the long-running roller coaster that opened in Disneyland all the way back in 1959, and hear Patrick Stewart answer the web’s most searched questions about him. Read More »

iphones in movies

Rian Johnson just gave the game away. If you’re watching a mystery movie set in modern times, and you’re trying to find out who the villain is, there’s a sure-fire way to solve the case: pay attention to the phones people are using. According to the Knives Out director, Apple has a rule that forbids filmmakers from letting the bad guys in movies use an iPhone. So, uh, spoiler alert for every single modern-day mystery going forward.

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benoit blanc's backstory

If you were mesmerized by Daniel Craig‘s Southern detective Benoit Blanc in Knives Out and thought to yourself, “I really hope a possible sequel sheds more light on where that character came from,” I have some bad news. Writer/director Rian Johnson, who is hard at work on a follow-up that will reunite him with Craig, says he’s not interested in exploring Benoit Blanc’s backstory in future movies. Read More »

Knives Out Honest Trailer

Since Star Wars: The Last Jedi got a bunch of manbabies riled up about minority characters, female empowerment, and whiny entitled douchebros, writer/director Rian Johnson decided to take it one step further with Knives Out.

The whodunit in the vein of Agatha Christie isn’t quite as much of a mystery as it would seem, mostly since we find out who the killer is roughly halfway through the movie. But of course, the plot at the center of Knives Out is a donut hole within a donut hole, so there’s still something to be figured out by detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), even if he’s not quite as good of a detective as he seems. But we’ll let the Knives Out Honest Trailer take it from here. Read More »

Rian Johnson Rise of Skywalker

In the Star Wars fandom, arguments will rage for years about whether or not Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker undid several of the key decisions made in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But while fans dig into their respective battle stations and shout at those who oppose them, the directors of the two movies have largely been cordial to each other in public.

That cordiality continues in The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson‘s off-the-cuff review of The Rise of Skywalker, which he gave to a reporter on the Oscars red carpet a couple of nights ago. Spoiler alert: he seems to have enjoyed the movie. Read More »

knives out sequel

Update: Deadline reports that today, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed that a Knives Out sequel is officially moving forward, and he hinted that, according to the outlet, “a production start for a follow-up…is imminent.” That aligns with Johnson’s previously-stated desire to get rolling on a sequel quickly. Our original report from January 6 continues.

Daniel Craig will be back on the case, and this time his knives are out. The actor is set to reprise his role as the Southern detective Benoit Blanc in a Knives Out sequel, which director Rian Johnson is currently developing under Lionsgate. The studio is reportedly seeing franchise opportunities after the Rian Johnson whodunit’s immense holiday box office success.

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Rian Johnson Knives Out Interview

Knives Out is out in theaters now, and it’s a blast. It’s a delightful murder mystery that takes place in the modern day, yet is loaded with references to its predecessors (particularly the works of Agatha Christie). It manages to convey an infectious love for its genre while still being a substantial entry into that genre, and that’s a rare treasure in this day and age.

The mastermind of the film is writer/director Rian Johnson, who has managed to continuously reinvent his career with every film he puts out. Despite going from low budget mysteries to big budget sci-fi, Johnson’s films all manage to retain his love of wit and surprise.

I was grateful that Rian decided to stop by the Slashfilmcast this week to chat with me and Jeff Cannata about how the film came together in the months following The Last Jedi, and how Rian put his own spin on the murder mystery film. Warning: There will be banjo.
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