Rian Johnson Reacts to The Simpsons Knives Out Parody

Knives Out director Rian Johnson has a charming response after learning that The Simpsons recently parodied his 2019 murder-mystery film.

Director Rian Johnson had a charming reaction to a parody of Knives Out in the latest episode of The Simpsons. Johnson, who was previously best known for his work on Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, arguably reached new levels of prominence after writing and directing 2019’s Knives Out, a clever and critically-lauded Agatha-Christie-inspired murder-mystery. Now, the film is honored on the long-running animated sitcom with a brilliant parody scene.

The film, which stars Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc and features Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford, Toni Collette, and LaKeith Stanfield, follows Blanc’s investigation into a wealthy, dysfunctional family after the death of the family patriarch. In the most recent episode of The Simpsons, “Bart’s In Jail,” when Homer learns that Grampa has been scammed out of $10,000, which was supposed to be his inheritance, he has a dream that looks remarkably like a scene from Knives Out. The sequence features the Simpson family, all with modified appearances to match the characters from Knives Out, sitting around a very ornate study as a character reads out Grandpa’s will.

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