One filmmaker has shared how Rian Johnson’s Knives Out paved the way for murder mysteries to become more plentiful in Hollywood.
If you’re looking to catch a movie, but aren’t in the mood for an action-packed tale like The Woman King or a horror story like Pearl (the prequel to this past March’s X), maybe a whodunnit would be more to your liking. If that’s the case, then it’s worth watching See How They Run, which follows Sam Rockwell’s Inspector Stoppard and Saoirse Ronan’s Constable Stalked investigating a crime in 1953 London. We’ve been seeing more murder mysteries in Hollywood in recent years, and See How They Run director Tom George has acknowledged that Rian Johnson’s Knives Out paved the way for this to happen.
After finishing his work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson turned his attention to Knives Out, which he first thought up after finishing 2005’s Brick, his feature-length directorial debut. Nearly a decade and a half after that inception, the movie that introduced us to Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc was released to the public, scoring critical acclaim and making over $311 million worldwide off a $40 million budget. That was more than enough to get a Knives Out sequel greenlit, and as far as See How They Run goes, Tom George the following to THR when the outlet pointed out how there’s been “a bit of a resurgence for Agatha Christie-inspired whodunnits,” and wondered if movies like Knives Out helped George’s 2022 movie get off the ground:
It’s not like movies containing mysteries to be solved have been absent from Hollywood for a long time, and Tom George pointed out, the United Kingdom still sees a steady stream of such stories. Still, as far as the Hollywood space goes, flicks like Knives Out and See How They Run that take cues from Agatha Christie-like material have been resurfacing more often. We can even count something more comedic like Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s Netflix movie Murder Mystery in that group. Sure, franchises like Marvel and Star Wars may always reign supreme at the box office, but there’s still a market for big screen stories where people are trying to uncover the answers behind why someone was killed. George also had this to say about why audiences enjoy the murder mystery genre so much: