Knives Out

Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’ Sequel Titled, Coming to Netflix Later This Year

Rian Johnson has unveiled the official title for its sequel to Knives Out, and no, it isn’t Knives Out 2. Instead, the movie will be known as Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, with Daniel Craig back on the case as master detective Benoit Blanc.

Slated for release later this year, Glass Onion sees the sleuth travelling to Greece to “peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colourful suspects.” These individuals will be played by Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.

Something I love about Agatha Christie is how she never tread water creatively,” Johnson said in a tweet. “I think there’s a misperception that her books use the same formula over and over, but fans know the opposite is true. It wasn’t just settings or murder methods, she was constantly stretching the genre conceptually. Under the umbrella of the whodunnit she wrote spy thrillers, proto-slasher horrors, serial killer hunts, gothic romances, psychological character studies, glam travelogues.”

“When I made Knives Out,” he continued, “that’s what excited me about the prospect of making more mysteries with Daniel as Benoit Blanc — to emulate Christie and have every film be like a whole new book, with its own tone, ambition, reason for being… and (ta dah) title.”

Knives Out was first released in 2019, and follows Blanc in his investigation of the patriarch of a wealthy, dysfunctional family. It brought in US$311.4 million at the box office, which prompted Netflix to paid US$469 million for the rights to two sequels set to be written and directed by Johnson under two conditions: that Craig must star in the sequels, and that each must have at least the budget of the first. A third movie is currently in the works.