Daniel Craig in 'Daggers in the Back' (2019)

Almost 500 million dollars has been invested by Netflix in the sequels of ‘Daggers in the back’ and now it turns out that, months after the premiere of the second installment, the first is still in the hands of Lionsgate. It is told by the American journalist Matthew Beloni in one piece on the aforementioned platform that, in addition to exploring the restructuring that has caused the departure of one of the company’s leaders, Tendo Nagenda; ensures that the bid for the rights to the original film headed by Daniel Craig, is not close to coming to fruition.

Apparently Lionsgate, a studio that signs other great successes such as the ‘John Wick’ saga; is not being too open in its negotiations with Netflix. And it is that we remember that, after taking charge of producing that first film that surprised so much with its box office figures and ended up assuming an Oscar nomination in the category of Best Original Screenplay for its director and screenwriter Rian Johnson; Lionsgate lost the bid for which Netflix seemed to have no limits. According to rumors, the platform spent 469 million for two continuations that would result in a generous salary of 100 million for both Johnson and Craig.

The surprising thing is that an agreement was not also closed so that said streaming mainstay could include ‘Daggers in the Back’ in its catalogue. Now, in view of a sequel that has its release date set for December 23 of this year, viewers who have not seen the first film they do not have the possibility to catch up and enjoy a new adventure from a single platform. Currently in Spain, the film that boasted a cast led by Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette or Christopher Plummer, is available on HBO Max.

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A roller coaster

According to Rian Johnson himself, ‘Daggers in the back: The mystery of the Glass Onion’, is like “a roller coaster, not a crossword puzzle”, a description through which said filmmaker intends to ‘warn’ viewers that this sequel will not have much to do with the original. Of course, despite the differences, ‘Glass Onion’ features the return of Benoit Blanchound who plunges into his second case after receiving an invitation that urges him to solve the mysterious murder that has occurred on an island.

According to the official synopsis, “Benoit travels to Greece to unravel a mystery involving a motley new crew of suspects. The sequel will follow a tech billionaire, played by Edward Norton, who invites some of his friends for a getaway on his private island. Of course someone ends up dead and it’s up to Detective Benoit Blanc to solve the murder.. The film completes its cast with Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista.


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