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Rian Johnson already planning next ‘Knives Out’ sequel

The director is keen to add to the ‘Knives Out’ universe after ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ proved to be a hit.

The director is keen to add to the ‘Knives Out’ universe after ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ proved to be a hit.
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Although Rian Johnson’s ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ was only released in theatres last November, the director says he’s already working on detective Benoit Blanc’s next adventure.

The standalone sequel featured big names like Edward Norton, Janelle Monae, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, Madelyn Cline and Dave Bautista, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as the aforementioned Blanc.

Following the success of ‘Knives Out’, which came out in 2019, Netflix beat out the likes of Amazon and Apple to acquire the rights to two sequels for $469 million. As a result ‘Glass Onion’ was given a limited one-week theatrical release, before being sent to streaming on December 23.

While Johnson’s TV show ‘Poker Face’ starring Natasha Lyonne is set to launch on Peacock on January 26, the director has made it clear that his mind is already focused on delivering the next ‘Knives Out’ adventure.

“I’m making the next [Benoit Blanc movie] next, because it’s the most exciting thing right now to me,” Johnson told Empire Online. “That’s served me really well. I feel like any movie I’m making, I need to be making it because I can’t imagine doing anything else.

“I’m jumping into the next Benoit Blanc next because I can’t think about another story.”

When asked what the plot of the third film could be, Johnson says he still has to put things into focus given he has several ideas.

“I’ve got a big cloud of ideas, but it hasn’t all snapped into focus yet,” said Johnson. “It’s exciting, though, and it’s very, very different from this one. That’s what I’m excited about.

“I start structurally. I start working in notebooks. I don’t start with a crime, I start with the structure of the story, and what the audience’s journey is actually going to be through the story. Which has to do with the crime, but more than that, it has to do with who we care about and why.”

Glass Onion accolades

The film was nominated for six Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, winning two of them, while also picking up two Golden Globe nominations.

As of January 17, the film was Netflix’s fourth most popular movie of all time and was watched for 273.2 million hours in the first 24 days of release.

By comparison, Netflix’s most-watched movie ‘Red’ was watched for 364 million hours in its first 28 days.