Star Wars: The Last Jedi grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, topping the box office in 2017.

So writer-director Rian Johnson pretty much had carte blanche for his next project.

His debut feature film, Brick (2005), was a crime drama with film noir overtones, largely inspired by the works of Dashiell Hammett and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

(The actor would go on to star in Johnson's third film, 2012's Looper.)

For Brick, Johnson had his actors read Hammett and watch classic screwball comedies like His Girl Friday to bring a lighter touch to the traditional noir genre.

Now, he seems to have brought something of that same sensibility—mixing dark subject matter with a lighter touch—to Knives Out.

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