Watch Rian Johnson and Nathan Johnson’s ‘FYC’ Q&A for ‘Knives Out’

Earlier this week, ArcLight Hollywood hosted the Collider FYC screening of Knives Out, which saw writer-director Rian Johnson and composer Nathan Johnson sit down with Scott Mantz in front of a sold-out crowd.

Knives Out is a whodunnit that focuses on the Thrombey family, whose best-selling patriarch, Harlan (Christopher Plummer) is found dead in his mansion on his 85th birthday, prompting Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) to investigate his family. The all-star ensemble also includes Chris EvansAna de ArmasJamie Lee CurtisMichael ShannonDon JohnsonToni ColletteLaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell.

As you might imagine, Agatha Christie mysteries and the movie Clue were among Rian Johnson’s many inspirations, but in the interview above, he explains how those things influenced Knives Out. Rian also reveals how Chris Evans challenged him regarding every possible plot hole, just to make sure the mystery was airtight.


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Meanwhile, Nathan Johnson talks about how Knives Out marked his first time using a full orchestra, and that the score was recorded at none other than Abbey Road — which was certainly exciting for Beatles super-fan Scott Mantz. Watch the full Q&A above, and stay tuned for upcoming FYC interviews with Joker cinematographer Lawrence Sher and the Rocketman trio of Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell and director Dexter Fletcher. To buy tickets for the Dec. 7 screening of Rocketmanclick here Future screenings must remain a mystery for now, but all will be revealed in due time, mwahahaha!

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To read Adam Chitwood‘s  review of Knives Out, click here, and be sure to watch the latest episode of For Your Consideration, which covers the heated Best Supporting Actress race.


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