CB: You sure do. Rian, we just loved watching this movie earlier this summer. We have a little screening room in TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, and we were just on this ride with your movie—the twists, the turns, the “oh my god, that person’s in the movie and that person?” It was just one little morsel of pleasure after another watching it. We were so thrilled to premiere the first Knives Out in 2019. I remember that night in the Princess of Wales Theatre so well, and we can’t wait to bring you back to the same theater to launch the next one. Long may the Knives Out World, the Knives Out Universe, live!
RJ: Well, thanks. Toronto feels kind of like home. I’m so happy that we’re premiering there. Besides Knives Out, we had an incredible screening of my third film Looper. I just feel like a kid waiting for Christmas. I can’t wait to be in that theater in Toronto and with that crowd. There’s nothing like a Toronto crowd. So yeah, I’m excited.
I’ve gotta say, I was at that 2019 festival as a press member, and I remember standing in the queue for the Press & Industry screening of one film, and then you just hear a whisper start, and this whisper network grows and grows and you hear it coming up the line, and it’s people going “Knives Out, Knives Out, oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god.” So then there’s the race to squeeze into one of the last press screenings, and then the relief when you realize everyone was right.
RJ: [Laughs] That’s so cool to hear. I’m on the other side of the curtain, but that makes me so happy to hear that. That’s the experience I have when I’ve just been at festivals as a viewer. What’s so wonderful about the festival experience, especially the in-person festival experience, is just waiting in lines, being in bars and overhearing conversations, and just hearing, “What are you watching? What have you liked?” That organic, in-person social nature of it.
It makes me so happy to hear that was your experience with the first film. That’s one of my favorite things, when you feel the wind of something good, you know, everyone’s ears perking up a little. That’s very, very cool. And there were some great movies there that year in 2019.