Filmmaker Rian Johnson’s first film since the launch of the divisive “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in late 2017 is the murder-mystery whodunnit comedy “Knives Out”.
It’s a much smaller scale project than the Lucasfilm blockbuster, and more akin to his earlier work such as “Brick” and “The Brothers Bloom”. Along with boasting a stellar cast and serving as a big old tribute to previous Agatha Christie film adaptations like “Death on the Nile” and “Evil Under the Sun” to more satirical takes on the genre like “Clue” and “Murder by Death,” it was a very different project to shoot for the director.
Johnson recently spoke with Observer and he compared the filming process on “Knives Out” with “The Last Jedi” and how much easier it was:
“Well, you have to shoot a lot faster. It’s less about the scale of it and more the type of movie it is. Obviously, there’s a different approach in the Star Wars universe and some of that is just logistics and the type of film it is.
For me, one of the fun things about [Knives Out] was how dialogue-based it was. It was really fun to get a group of great actors together and give them a ton of words. In a Star Wars movie, you’re usually trying to be as efficient with dialogue as possible, which is a good thing.
Of course, I worked with some of the best actors on the planet in Star Wars. You’re just chasing a very different rabbit. With Knives Out, you could write more words and just sit back with a huge smile on my face as they shoot them.”
Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell and Christopher Plummer co-star in the film which will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month ahead of a Thanksgiving release.