We loved director Rian Johnson’s delightful 2019 hit film Knives Out as much as anyone. So we’ve been eager to learn more about the upcoming sequels commissioned by Netflix. Fortunately, the streaming platform just dropped the first teaser for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery—and per Johnson, it’s less of a sequel and more of a new standalone mystery featuring Daniel Craig’s philosophically minded Kentucky sleuth Benoit Blanc. Based on the teaser, it looks fabulous, and we can’t wait for the film’s release later this fall.
Knives Out premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was an instant hit, and word of mouth spread quickly. The film ended up grossing $311 million worldwide—the top-grossing film in 2019 not based on existing IP. In my review, I praised Johnson’s deft ability to mix dark subject matter with a lighter touch in his old-school classic whodunnit: “Think Clue meets Murder on the Orient Express—or any number of adaptations of novels by the grande dame of murder mysteries, Agatha Christie—both of which the director cited as influences via a 2019 Twitter thread of movie posters.”
So naturally there was going to be a sequel… or two. Lionsgate originally took on the project, but in 2021 Netflix won a bidding war for the rights to the film plus a second sequel, beating out both Amazon and Apple with a whopping $469 million bid. Johnson wrote the script for Glass Onion during the pandemic, inspired particularly by the Christie-based “tropical getaway” whodunnit Evil Under the Sun (1982), as well as a 1973 film called The Last of Sheila.
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