Rian Johnson is the talk of the entertainment world with his recently released Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and the success of his star-powered Knives Out movie realm so far. From Jamie Lee Curtis and Chris Evans, to Dave Bautista and Janelle Monáe, Daniel Craig’s mystery-solving skills have partnered him with some of our favorite actors and actresses for two films, with a possible third on the horizon.
That’s right, Johnson is already looking forward to a third installment, though the idea of them all having Knives Out in the title isn’t something he was jumping at the bit about. Johnson spoke with The Atlantic and explained that he’s grateful for the plane that these movies exist on, but he wasn’t sure they were going to be a Knives Out series, so to speak.
“I’ve tried hard to make them self-contained. Honestly, I’m pissed 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.”
There certainly is a new novel off the shelf each time, and from a family whodunit to a tech billionaire and his friends solving the next mystery as Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover is at the height of the entertainment realm is something fans are paying attention to. No, Johnson couldn’t have predicted the timing, but it almost appears he did, which is an idea he touched on with Wired.
“There’s a lot of general stuff about that sort of species of tech billionaire that went directly into it. But obviously, it has almost a weird relevance in exactly the current moment. A friend of mine said, ‘Man, that feels like it was written this afternoon.’ And that’s just sort of a horrible, horrible accident, you know?”
Glass Onion‘s tech billionaire, Miles Bron, comes off early with a line that rings true to everything that seems to be happening right now, “Nobody wants you to break the system itself, and that is what true disruption is.” It’s not far-fetched to think that Johnson might take this fluke of timing and circumstance, and use it to think ahead for the third chapter. Johnson says that he needs to clear his head and think about what’s on his mind right now, and that has fans wondering what the next whodunit might be about.
With the recent happenings between Greta Thunberg and Andrew Tate and Tate’s arrest in Romania, it’s not hard to imagine that if he starts writing soon, that might be a central location to base his next film upon. Fans of the Knives Out universe have already shared the idea with Johnson, with Rachel Zegler, in particular, garnering his attention with a Tweet for his next installment.