American mystery hit Knives Out was a huge success for writer and director Rian Johnson which grossed $311.4 million worldwide against a $40 million budget. With the movie’s release, Johnson gave a surprise blast by revealing that Knives Out 2 is in development which was further confirmed when Netflix struck a deal to release both the second and third sequels of Knives Out.
Johnson is coming back with Knives Out 2 with the return of Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc, who has his unique approach to solving mysteries. In addition to Craig, the new cast includes Dave Bautista, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline and Ethan Hawke.
Knives Out 2 Got An Official Title
Director Rian Johnson revealed the new Knives Out 2 title on Twitter. The sequel to Knives Out is termed Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
Benoit Blanc’s next case, the follow up to Knives Out, is called GLASS ONION. pic.twitter.com/6Zo0g1VX11
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 13, 2022
The title was revealed after an hour of a fan’s request. Along with the title, Johnson also shared threads explaining his biggest inspiration for the sequel.
Agatha Christie Is The Inspiration Behind Knives Out 2
Johnson in one of his threads explained that his inspiration for the sequel was none other than detective novelist Agatha Christie and praised her for her creativity.
“Something I love about Agatha Christie is how she never tread water creatively. I think there’s a misperception that her books use the same formula over and over, but fans know the opposite is true.”
He described more about her work by appreciating the variety of genres she wrote under her whodunnit banner. “It wasn’t just settings or murder methods, she was constantly stretching the genre conceptually. Under the umbrella of the whodunnit, she wrote spy thrillers, proto-slasher horrors, serial killer hunts, gothic romances, psychological character studies, glam travelogues.”
He went on to share how this title came to existence. “When I made Knives Out, that’s what excited me about the prospect of making more mysteries with Daniel as Benoit Blanc – to emulate Christie and have every film be like a whole new book, with its own tone, ambition, reason for being… and (ta dah) title.”
Knives Out is available on Netflix.