The Ames Mansion in Borderland State Park, Mass. “The producer had found this house along with some others, but we all liked this one house,” Crank said. “When you walked in, it had character because no one had wiped it clean and modernized it,” Crank explained. You walked in, and its style lent itself to what we were looking for.” served as the ideal location for the film. “This house had been with the same family for a few generations.
“Rebecca Greene, our set dresser, found the big structure for the chair and wired all the knives to it.” In Johnson’s script, the existence of the chair, which Blanc uses to interrogate his suspects, was written down, “but it didn’t explain what it was. So, that was a long process.” Crank and his team spent over a month coming up with different variations of what the chair could look like before they came up with the final design.
Production designer David Crank jokingly laughs off suggestion that he may have looked to another cast iron chair for inspiration. “I never even looked at 'Game of Thrones,'" he said.
“Our art decorator, Jeremy Woodward, took over developing and designing Harlan’s books. Crank says one of his favorite rooms to construct and put together was Harlan's writing office. Jeremy had this idea of designing the book covers for each decade. There was over four decades worth of books. He designed how the covers would change over time.”
Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, and Toni Collette as a family of suspects under investigation by Daniel Craig's Detective Benoit Blanc, who is convinced that patriarch and wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) didn’t commit suicide.
Johnson plays to the tropes of the murder mystery genre in the film, and Crank said the one film he was told to look at for inspiration was 1972's “Sleuth.” That film came in handy when finding the right house in which to set "Knives Out."
Its meticulous detail is a manifestation of Harlan’s crime-writing mind and at the center of it all is a chair made of knives that point directly at the head of whoever sits in it. The setting is the grand Thrombey Estate, a character in itself.
“This house was to be the personification of what was in Harlan’s head. Once they decided on the house, Crank’s team went about dressing it. David Schlesinger (set decorator) and I worked closely together, and he found incredible things to put into it.” In addition to automatons, Schlesinger also found dioramas to put into the library, giving viewers insight into Harlan’s mind. “This house was fun and interesting because we could build off of what it was offering.” Its Gothic charm lends itself to some beautiful cinematography by Steve Yedlin, but it’s the intricate design that becomes that fifth character.
As the film unfolds and the suspects are questioned, audiences get to see more of the oddities that fill the Thrombey estate. “At a certain point, you put those down and just create your own world.”” /> Crank said Johnson’s script had so much in it, the nods to Agatha Christie, Clue and Jessica Fletcher were evident.

"Unlike CAA, FAA did not represent (Kathleen) Kennedy or anyone else at Lucasfilm and could represent Johnson to the full extent possible without concern over any impact on its other clients," the suit states.
That suit alleged that Johnson owed Dreyfuss a commission on the "Star Wars" deal, which was announced shortly after Johnson dropped Dreyfuss in 2014. The suit has been on hold pending a California Labor Commissioner case, in which Johnson accuses Dreyfuss of not being a licensed agent, thereby voiding their deal. Brian Dreyfuss, who represented Johnson for 12 years, sued his former client in 2016.
In late 2012, Dreyfuss presented various potential projects to Garvey, who shot them down without explaining that Johnson was already committed to write and direct "The Last Jedi," the eighth installment of "Star Wars," according to the lawsuit.
The suit also alleges that CAA had an interest in obtaining packaging fees on the "Star Wars" deal, which resulted in a conflict of interest. The suit accuses CAA of seeking to eliminate Dreyfuss because he had "an independent mindset focused solely on the interests of Johnson."
"Plaintiff is informed, believes, and thereon alleges that this failure to disclose Johnson’s actual work for Lucasfilm was intended to deprive FAA of its rightfully owed commissions for under the agreement between FAA and Johnson," the suit states.
The suit accuses CAA of fraud and interference with a contractual relationship.” />
The suit alleges that CAA agent John Garvey concealed meetings and communications about the project from Dreyfuss. In the new lawsuit, Dreyfuss alleges that new information has come to light — in interviews and books about "Star Wars" and in the Labor Commissioner case — showing that Creative Artists Agency worked secretly with Lucasfilm on Johnson's "Star Wars" deal as early as June 2012. Dreyfuss' agency, Featured Artists Agency, was jointly representing Johnson at the time with CAA.
Rian Johnson's former agent filed suit against Creative Artists Agency on Monday, claiming the agency worked behind his back on a "Star Wars" deal while Johnson was still his client.

The movie came together during the Toronto International Film Festival in the wake of director Danny Boyle exiting James Bond 25, which delayed shooting on the Bond pic and cleared Craig's schedule.
"MRC put their trust in us when they first partnered with us on this film, and Lionsgate truly champions and empowers the artist to tell the story they want to tell so we couldn't be in better hands." "We're very excited to be in production on 'Knives Out' and can't wait to bring it to the big screen with great partners like MRC and Lionsgate," Johnson and Bergman said.
Lionsgate's 2019 film slate includes "Hellboy," "John Wick: Chapter 3," the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy "Flarsky," and Roland Emmerich's World War II action adventure "Midway." The news about "Knives Out" was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.” />
Lionsgate has bought distribution rights to Daniel Craig's murder mystery "Knives Out" and set a Thanksgiving release date of Nov. 27.
Johnson is also creating a new "Star Wars" trilogy for Disney. Johnson directed from his own script and is producing with partner Ram Bergman through their new, yet-to-be named company.
The "Knives Out" cast includes Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Katherine Langford, and Christopher Plummer.
MRC financed "Knives Out," directed by Rian Johnson — best known for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Lionsgate will also distribute the pic worldwide.