Filmmaker Rian Johnson released his “Knives Out” sequel “Glass Onion” on Netflix last week, and so far the reviews have been great across the board. Johnson has a third film in the Daniel Craig-led series in the works for Netflix as well.
Like the second, it’s going to be essentially a standalone film with the only real connection being the murder mystery genre and Craig’s Benoit Blanc character in otherwise a whole new case and a new cast of supporting characters.
What that film will be titled is unclear, but whatever it is, Johnson has revealed that he will be dissatisfied with at least part of that title – namely, the back half.
In order to easily sell what “Glass Onion” is to the masses, the marketing department renamed the project “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” in the trailers and posters to ensure people are aware it’s a “Knives Out” sequel (the film’s actual opening credits call it “Glass Onion”).
Johnson hates the longer title, and in an interview with The Atlantic that was published online yesterday, he reveals why and how annoyed he is:
“I’ve tried hard to make them self-contained. Honestly, I’m p—ed off that we have A Knives Out Mystery in the title. You know? I want it to just be called Glass Onion.
I get it, and I want everyone who liked the first movie to know this is next in the series, but also, the whole appeal to me is it’s a new novel off the shelf every time. But there’s a gravity of a thousand suns toward serialized storytelling.”
Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista co-star in the film, which had a one-week theatrical run last month ahead of its streaming debut in time for Christmas.
“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” is now available on Netflix.