Rian Johnson’s Knives out successor Glass onion: A Knives Out Mystery, is one of 2022’s most anticipated films. The follow-up to Johnson’s 2019 whodunit is part of a unique rollout, with the film playing in theaters for a month before arriving on Netflix on 23 December. Although it is not unusual for one Netflix-marked function to play in cinemas, Glass onion is the first to show outside theaters owned by Cinemark. This detail means that places like AMC and Regal can get in on the action, adding money to Netflix’s coffers and keeping those of us waiting for the Netflix release on our toes to avoid spoilers. What does any of this mean for Knives out 3? Read on to find out.
During a lengthy discussion with Deadline about Glass onionproducer Ram Bergman said it was “very, very important” to get the film into theaters to qualify it for the Oscars and generate buzz before the whodunit debuts on Netflix. Bergman says the power of watching the film with 400 other people elevates the experience, and Glass onion want a piece of the action.
With Glass onion is expected to be a significant hit, Bergman is sure theater owners will have Knives out 3 also to show in cinemas. “Oh yeah, we’re thinking about it” says Bergman about Knives Out 3, “but we need this movie to come out first, then I need Rian to clear his head, take a break, and then get going. I mean, he’s thought about it.”
All work and no play makes Rian Johnson a dull boy. It must be understood that Johnson needs time to relax after the PR roller coaster Glass onion has come to a screeching halt. However, the future waits for no one, and Netflix wants him to embark on the following Knives out movie soon. As Johnson tells it, he’s negotiated some wiggle room, but he’s eager to get back to it Knives Out the universe sooner rather than later.
“It’s interesting. We structured [Netflix deal] so if I wanted to do something else next, I could,” Johnson said. “And I think everyone assumed I’d have a few other random ideas—unrelated projects—that I’ve been kicking around. But honestly, over the last few months, the most exciting thing for me is creative right now the third movie. So I think I’m going to jump right into it. Not because of a contractual obligation, but in truth, that’s the shiny object I find my nose pointing at right now. [It’s] the idea of figuring out how it can be completely different from this one as well as the first one.”
Fortunately, Johnson already has ideas for a third part of the series and is tempted to strike while the iron is hot. “I have a Moleskine notebook that I take with me everywhere, and I’m constantly writing things down in it,” he says. “The first 80 percent of the process is for me to write in notebooks and structure it all. I’m trying to move forward. Even when I’m doing all the publicity for this movie, I’m trying to start building a structure, an idea, I’m looking for new year, when it’s time to actually get to work, hopefully not just staring at that awful blank page. But you always are, I guess.”
Expectation to Glass onion: A Knives Out Mystery is at an all-time high and fans can see the film when it hits theaters 23 November 2022. Do you want to see the movie in the cinema or wait for Netflix release? Tell us in the comments.