Rian Johnson talks about the future of the Knives Out franchise, avoiding fatigue

Main poster for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

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when the original Take out the knives Released in 2019, it has received such a strong, often positive, reaction that it wasn’t surprising when the follow-up was finally announced. glass onionAnd the which recently began its one-week theatrical run before moving to Netflix on December 23rdis the first of two Take out the knives supplement This director/writer Rian Johnson It has already been exploited for the broadcast device. Both films, and much of Johnson’s previous work, have been praised (for better and worse), for toying with the expectations of the genre or franchise in which they operate.

But as part of a recent story from LimitJohnson admitted that Take out the knives It lacks a strong foundation for Next Destination compared to his previous films. “[Mystery’s] Not an extended genre.” While I acknowledge the countless adaptations of mystery novel series like Agatha Christie, the genre itself isn’t known for its innovation. “It’s not like there are thousands of classics, like film noir, that there seems to be an infinite amount of stuff to take advantage of. […] In terms of the actual innovative stuff in the genre, you find yourself going back to the same titles.”

On this front, Johnson said he would look to hidden gems in the genre as inspiration. But he’s also talked about wanting to avoid resting on his laurels, especially since he’s also working poker face, Peacock’s spin-off mystery show starring Natasha Lyonne. Daniel [Craig] And I’ve talked a lot about it, how the minute we feel like we’re turning the crank on another one of those, we have to stop.” When asked at Deadline, Craig gave a similar sentiment: The duo will keep working. Take out the knives Movies if the demand is there. But they both agreed to pull the ejection cord if the franchise was starting to get a feel for it commitment rather than something they love to do.

Johnson is currently in the early stages of writing knives out 3, And it was since the press tour of glass onion. Calling it the “most exciting creative thing” of the moment, he poked fun at his desire to make the film as distinct as possible from its predecessors. “It’s very important with each one now, and the third in particular, that it feels kind of scary and dangerous,” he said. “You have to shake the box.”

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