Director Rian Johnson discusses Knives Out

Director Rian Johnson discusses Knives Out

November 29, 2019 DGA Q&As in Los Angeles and New York

A detective investigates the death of the patriarch of an eccentric, combative family in Director Rian Johnson’s murder-mystery comedy, Knives Out.

Johnson’s film is a whodunit that follows debonair Detective Benoit Blanc’s (Daniel Craig) investigation of the demise of renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). With suspects aplenty in Thrombey’s dysfunctional family and devoted staff, Blanc must wade through a sea of red herrings to uncover the truth.

Following the DGA membership screening in Los Angeles on November 29, Johnson sat down with Director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) to discuss the making of Knives Out and working with an all-star cast that also featured Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon and LaKeith Stanfield. Johnson also discussed the film in a conversation moderated by Director Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story) following the DGA membership screening in New York on November 24.

In addition to Knives Out, Johnson’s credits include the feature films Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi, Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick and episodes of the television series Terriers and Breaking Bad. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for his 2012 Breaking Bad episode “Fifty-One.” Johnson has been a DGA member since 2009.

You can listen to Johnson's Q&A by clicking the podcast episode embedded below. You can find more DGA podcast episodes here.


Event photos by Trixie Textor (Los Angeles) and Marcie Revens (New York) - Print courtesy of Liongate.

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