While most franchises might fall into the same fate of receiving an underwhelming response from the viewers after a sequel, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out stays as far from this list as possible. Both Knives Out and its recently released sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery have been well received by the viewers.
The loved detective Benoit Blanc played by Daniel Craig might be one of the biggest reasons why these mystery movies are an entertaining and gripping watch. While the story isn’t focused on the personal life of the detective, it’s only natural for fans to wonder how he is when he doesn’t have his detective gloves on. Well unfortunately for the fans, a detailed look into Benoit Blanc’s life doesn’t seem to be happening as Rian Johnson himself isn’t up for it.
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Rian Johnson Won’t Make a Movie about Benoit Blanc’s Life
Appearing for an interview with Uproxx, director Rian Johnson talked about Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. When asked about Daniel Craig’s character, detective Benoit Blanc’s personal life, Johnson stated that he and Craig are on the same page when it comes to giving insight into the character’s life beyond solving mysteries. Apparently, they both agree that a few glimpses here and there are okay, but, when it comes to creating a whole project based on his life, Johnson is simply not having it.
“This is something that I was very relieved that Daniel and I are on the same page with. I think little tiny glimpses into that is fun for me. And it’s a trap that I find myself as a writer having to really push back against, just for myself. Having Daniel Craig in that part, the temptation is to think that Blanc as a character is what’s interesting about these movies.”
Johnson also stated that Benoit Blanc sure might be an entertaining, fun-to-watch character, but what makes him so appealing to the audience is how he solves the mysteries around him. Take that away, and the interest just might disappear.
“The mystery’s the thing. And the detective is interesting is the way he solves his function within solving the mystery. And if we get glimpses beyond that, that’s great. But I feel like a little of that goes a very long way for me.”
Bringing a closure on the topic, when asked if there could ever be “The Young Benoit Chronicles,” Johnson simply denied the possibility. Well, at least, he wouldn’t be the one making it as he stated, “Maybe, someday after I’m dead and gone,” adding that it could be streamed on a mind chip. Looks like anything the fans want to know about Blanc, will have to come from the Knives Out mysteries, themselves.
Rian Johnson Wants to Focus on the Mystery
After being drilled further in the interview about showing Blanc’s personal life, the Star Wars: Last Jedi director stated that he wants to put all his attention on the suspects, mysteries, and murders in the movie. He added that paying attention to every intricate detail of the mystery takes up all his energy and he simply cannot afford to get distracted.
Johnson stated that even the most interesting man in the world, as seen in beer commercials, can be interesting for a matter of thirty seconds. Spend two days with him and the interest just might dissipate. So, at some point in the movie, Blanc’s life might be shown in glimpses, but that’s all the audience is going to get.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will be available to stream on Netflix from December 23.