Knives Out 3 director Rian Johnson suggests a new franchise subtitle for his Daniel Craig-led whodunnit hits, and it’s perfect.


After expressing his distaste for the first sequel’s subtitle, Knives out 3 director Rian Johnson suggests a new franchise subtitle for the threequel, and it’s perfect. Johnson’s whodunnit comedy franchise recently made its long-awaited return with Glass onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the first of two sequels Netflix acquired in the heated bidding war for the rights to the property, which also saw the return of Daniel Craig’s eccentric private investigator, Benoit Blanc. With the same acclaim as its predecessor, all eyes are now on what comes from the next instalment, Knives out 3which may have a different title than Johnson’s 2022 hit.

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During a recent appearance at The film cast podcast offered Rian Johnson some insight into the development of Knives out 3. When you reflect on Glass onion‘s A Knives Out Mystery subtitle, the writer/director noted that although it was not done “against my will,” he wants to change the overall franchise subtext to move away from the original film’s themes to better focus on the real continuing factor in the future films, Craig’s Benoit Blanc. Watch what Johnson explained below:

The thing is, though, I totally get it. It’s not like it’s done against my will or anything. I totally get it. 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 stares. And I wanted everyone who loved ‘Knives Out’ to know that [‘Glass Onion’] is the next of them. So I was absolutely 100% on board and totally understood that we had to do it. But it also kills me a little bit, and I want to see how quickly we can lose that subtext. As soon as we can get past them and get to ‘A Benoit Blanc Mystery’ … and I mean, with this one, with Netflix’s reach and how many more people I’d like to have seen it and how much more that feels like it’s actually in the culture, at least we’re getting closer to being able to get away with ‘A Benoit Blanc Mystery’ and people would know what we’re talking about.

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Why A Knives Out Mystery is a weaker sub

Daniel Craig in Glasløg

As Johnson notes, it’s understandable that Netflix would want to keep Knives out in some form for the title of the newly published Glass onion: A Knives Out Mystery to let the audience know it was the second installment in the whodunnit series. But despite simplifying the marketing of the streaming platform, the truth is that A Knives Out Mystery subtitles are actually a hindrance to both Glass onion and the franchise as a whole, as it doesn’t properly highlight the connecting thread between the various films, namely Craig’s Benoit Blanc. Also, the whole theme of the original film was that the Thrombey family was “knives out and beaks bloody” in the hopes of attaining the wealth of the late patriarch, Christopher Plummer’s Harlan, making the title fitting for the franchise starter.

Although one can argue for it Glass onion: A Knives Out Mystery initially followed a similar formula of establishing multiple suspects with potential motives, very few of which were an attempt to claim the wealth of Edward Norton’s tech billionaire, Miles Bron, but instead were generally more selfish in wanting to keep dangerous secrets about to be leaked and ruin their lives. The film’s title may have served as two places in its story, but it also meant that the layers of mystery surrounding the apparent attempts on Miles’ life were removed, which again turned out to be nothing more than him trying to cover up his own heinous actions . , including murdering Janelle Monáe’s Andi before the start of the sequel. As such, while Glass onion turned out to be a very appropriate title for the film, A Knives Out Mystery turned out to be a lackluster subtext, especially given the simple fact that no knives were even used as weapons for the two deaths in the story.

Everything we know about Knives Out 3

Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion A Knives Out Mystery

Although it is unclear whether he will get his way A Benoit Blanc mystery subtitle, Johnson has confirmed that he is working hard to develop Knives out 3, after not only confirming his intention for it to be his next film, but also teasing he’s already writing the threequel. Craig is expected to return for the next chapter in his Golden Globe-winning role, and while Johnson has jokingly dismissed the possibility of other returning stars, Noah Segan’s turn as Derol in the 2022 sequel indicates he will bring back his longtime collaborator once again. While audiences await updates on the third film, they can watch again Glass onion: A Knives Out Mystery streaming on Netflix now.

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