Rian Johnson on Knives Out’s Franchise Future, Avoiding Fatigue

Main poster for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Picture: Netflix

When the unique Knives Out launched in 2019, it acquired such a powerful, largely optimistic response that it wasn’t a shock when a comply with up was finally introduced. Glass Onion, which not too long ago started its one-week theatrical run earlier than it goes to Netflix on December 23, is the primary of two Knives Out sequels that director/author Rian Johnson has already been tapped to make for the streamer. Each movies, and far of Johnson’s earlier works (for higher and worse), have been praised for enjoying round with expectations of the style or franchise he’s in.

However as a part of a latest story from Deadline, Johnson admitted that Knives Out lacks a powerful basis for the place to go subsequent in comparison with his earlier movies. “[Mystery’s] not an expansive style,” he mentioned. Whereas he acknowledged the numerous diversifications of thriller novel sequence like Agatha Christie, the style itself isn’t identified for its innovation. “It’s not like there are literally thousands of classics, like movie noir, the place it appears like there’s limitless quantity of stuff to attract from. […] By way of precise modern stuff within the style, you do end up coming again to the identical titles.”

On that entrance, Johnson mentioned he’ll search for hidden gems throughout the style as inspiration. However he additionally talked about desirous to keep away from resting on his laurels, notably as he’s additionally engaged on Poker Face, a separate thriller present for Peacock starring Natasha Lyonne. “Daniel [Craig] and I’ve talked quite a bit about that, how the moment we really feel like we’re turning the crank on one other one in all these, we’ve got to cease.” When requested by Deadline, Craig gave an identical sentiment: the duo will preserve making Knives Out movies if the demand is there. However each of them have agree to drag the eject twine ought to the franchise start to really feel like an obligation fairly than one thing they beloved doing.

Johnson’s at present within the early phases of writing Knives Out 3, and has been for the reason that press tour for Glass Onion. Calling it his “most fun inventive factor” in the meanwhile, he teased that he needs to make the movie as distinct from its predecessors as attainable. “It’s essential with each now, and the third one particularly, that it feels sort of scary and harmful,” he mentioned. “You must shake the field.”

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