Will There Be a ‘Knives Out 3’ Movie?

With Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery hitting select theaters soon and debuting on Netflix next month, fans are asking, “Will there be a Knives Out 3?” If director Rian Johnson has a say in it, the answer will be yes.

The Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery director is not shy about the fact he wants to “dive in” with making the Knives Out movies a trilogy. Glass Onion, which is the sequel to 2019’s Knives Out, is heading into a one-week limited theatrical release on November 23. But ahead of the limited theater debut, Johnson is already looking ahead to what could be the franchise’s future.

“I had for a while thought that maybe I should do something else first […] But the God’s honest truth is, I had so much fun making this one, and the creative challenge of figuring out a third movie that’s completely different from both this one and the first one — right now, that’s the most interesting creative challenge to me. So I might just dive in and see what we come up with.” Johnson, 48, says in an interview with Total Film.

Johnson, who also directed 2019’s Knives Out, wants to make sure the movies are “new and surprising” yet still retain the style of master murder mystery writer Agatha Christie.

“The second we feel like we’re repeating ourselves, or just turning a crank on a machine, we’ll stop. Because to me, the whole conception of this whole series is the same way Agatha Christie did it with her books — we’re doing something new and surprising every time.” Johnson adds.

Knives Out Cast
Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Why Is Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Premiering in Theaters?

So why the theatrical release of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery if it’s set to premiere on Netflix on December 23? It’s a strategic choice by Netflix, so the film is eligible for the Academy Awards as well as other award-giving organizations. Most film critic associations require a one-week run time in physical theaters for a film to be eligible for awards.

Glass Onion actually had its world premiere a couple of months ago at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2022.  The new film stars Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae, and Kathryn Hahn. And of course, Daniel Craig is back as detective Benoit Blanc.

Craig, 54, recently opened up to the media about how much he loves Johnson’s ability to bring out everyone’s “best”.

“His way of bringing the best out of people, I admire it so much. It’s a wonderful way of directing, and everybody feels pleased to be there. Everybody feels confident. Everybody feels in a good mood,” Craig states. “The mood is light and creative — he creates this atmosphere on set that feels like a wonderful cauldron of creativity. It’s a joy to be around.”

Are you excited for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery? Do you want a Knives Out 3? Sound off in our comment section below, and let us know your thoughts!


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