‘Looper’ director Rian Johnson’s mystery sequel ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ has been making waves since its limited theatrical release and its appearance on Netflix.
Despite the critical success, Johnson has been troubled by one thing about the movie: its extended subtitle. Despite being a sequel to the 2019 mystery ‘Knives Out,’ he was not pleased it was referenced in the title.
“I’ve tried hard to make them self-contained,” Johnson told ‘The Atlantic.’ “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.'”
He continued, “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.”
“I’d love it to be [in cinemas] longer; I’d love it to be in more theaters,” ‘The Last Jedi’ director added. “But also, I appreciate that Netflix has done this because this was a huge effort on their part — and the theater chains — to reach across the aisle and make this happen. I’m hoping it does really well, so we can demonstrate that they can complement each other.”
Fox News notes that, “[e]ven though the movie is technically a sequel to the original 2019 film ‘Knives Out,’ Daniel Craig is the only character from the first movie to return for the second as detective Benoit Blanc.”
‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ has won Best Ensemble Cast at the New York Film Critics Online Awards and made the Top Ten Films of the Year at the National Board of Review Awards and African-American Film Critics Association Awards.
Johnson has confirmed that a third film in the franchise is being developed.