Knives Out's Rian Johnson Is Heading To Streaming For A New Mystery TV Series

Rian Johnson stares out on the set of Knives Out (2019)

Rian Johnson is definitely one of the most skilled creatives in the Hollywood landscape right now. Given his work in multiple genres, it’s sometimes hard to predict what he might do next. The filmmaker’s most recent project was 2019’s Knives Out, a fun muder-mystery akin to the works of Agatha Christie. Well, it looks like Johnson is set to stay within the mystery genre, as he’s been tapped for a new streaming show.

Peacock has acquired Rian Johnson’s Poker Face, a new series being produced by Johnson’s T-Street production banner. According to Deadline, Peacock vied with a number of other streamers to land the series and has given the show a 10-episode order. While plot details are currently being kept under wraps, we do know that the show will star Russian Doll’s Natasha Lyonne, who will also serve as executive producer under her Animal Pictures banner.

Poker Face marks a significant milestone for the Star Wars alum, as it will mark the first time he’s ever served as a writer, director and creator on a show. So far, Rian Johnson has only directed episodes of television shows like Breaking Bad, for which he earned critical acclaim. Based on the statement from Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content for NBC Universal’s Television and Steaming, the streamer is definitely happy to have Johnson in the fold:

Rian Johnson’s distinct sensibility and talent for telling edge-of-your-seat mysteries is a massive gift for Peacock, and we can’t wait for audiences to delve into each case. Paired with the acting genius of Natasha Lyonne, this series will be entertaining and addictive.

It also sounds like Rian Johnson himself is more than ready to get to work. And he’s particularly excited to be working with his star:

I’m very excited to dig into the type of fun, character driven, case-of-the-week mystery goodness I grew up watching. It’s my happy place. Having Natasha as a partner in crime is a dream, and we’ve found the perfect home at Peacock.

It’s true Natasha Lyonne is a creative force, and it’ll be cool to see what she brings to the show, though some may be wondering how this might affect her work on Russian Doll. Well, fear not because the trade reports that her new gig won’t interfere with her work on the acclaimed show.

One can only imagine what the show will be about but, based on Rian Johnson and Natasha Lyonne’s past work, the series is bound to be a thriller that keeps audiences guessing. And despite any over-the-top moments, the show will probably include the grounded sensibilities both creatives typically like to employ.

It’s early days for Poker Face but, with such strong creative forces behind, it’s sure to be something intriguing. We here at CinemaBlend will provide you with more updates on the show as they arrive.

Erik Swann
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