This month, Director Ryan Johnson delivered fans another incredible crime thriller with the sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. After the first movie knife out, premiered in theaters, Johnson quickly signed a deal with Netflix, who agreed to a second and third film in the franchise, and possibly more. These promised to hire a brand new, star-studded cast each time, and tell a new crime-thriller-style story with the same wit and detective as the first.
Johnson also agreed Daniel Craig, who plays southern charmer Detective Benoit Blanc in the pictures. But the only catch to the plan was that Netflix wanted to be sure the two films were linked so fans could be sure to recognize the franchise. The first film dealt with the knife collection at Harlan Thrombey’s house and a knife served as the murder weapon in his death, so the title made sense.
the second movie glass onion, referred to the bar the group of friends frequented when they met, and Miles Bron’s island estate features a glass-domed building also named after him. But once the film was marketed, Netflix decided to pin A Knives Out Mystery to the sequel to tie the two films together. As the name suggests, this frustrated the director knife out does not correlate with it or with the future stories in the franchise.
However, he understands why they did it. Johnson explained on The Filmcast Podcast (via /Film):
“The thing is, though, I totally get it. It’s not like this happened against my will or anything. I totally understand. Because after the first movie I think people knew they liked Knives Out. [but] they didn’t necessarily know it well enough to know who Benoit Blanc was. I think that would have gotten blank looks. And I wanted everyone who loved Knives Out to know that [‘Glass Onion’] is the next one. So I was absolutely 100% on board and totally understood that we had to do this. But it’s also killing me a bit and I want to see how quickly we can lose that subtitle.”
He explained his idea for the future:
“Once we can get past that and get to ‘A Benoit Blanc Mystery’ … and I’ll say with this one, with the reach of Netflix and how many more people I think have seen it and how much more does it feel like , as if it were actually in culture, we’re at least approaching the possibility of getting away with ‘A Benoit Blanc Mystery’ and people would know what we’re talking about.
I think this is a great way to move forward considering how many people saw and loved the first two films. Daniel Craig is as connected to these films as he is to his 007 films and I look forward to seeing more of them under the Benoit Blanc Mystery banner.