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Rian Johnson Shares Update on "Knives Out 3"

Thu 24 Nov 2022 | 03:21 PM
"Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" Poster
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"Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery", one of the last major releases of 2022, has finally arrived in select theaters and streaming on Netflix. 

The movie's director, Rian Johnson is not wasting any time preparing for the next installment. 

In a new interview, Johnson confirmed that he had already begun the process of crafting a third chapter in the saga. 

"Glass Onion" serves as the sequel to Johnson's wildly successful 2019's "Knives Out", which was released to critical acclaim and generated over $300 million at the box office. 

The movie has received similarly positive reviews, and Johnson told Deadline that out of all the projects he had on his mind, a third Knives Out movie was the idea he kept coming back to. 

"I think everybody assumed I’d have a couple other random ideas - unrelated projects - that I’ve been kicking around. But, honestly, over the past couple of months, the most exciting creative thing to me right now is that third movie," Johnson noted.

He continued: "I think I’m going to hop right into it. Not because of a contractual obligation, but, genuinely, that’s the shiny object I find my nose pointed toward right now." 

“I’ve got a Moleskine notebook that I carry everywhere, and I’m constantly jotting stuff down in it,” Johnson pointed out. 

"Even when I’m doing all the publicity for this film, I’m trying to start building up a structure, an idea, so that after New Year, when it’s time to actually get to work, I’m hopefully not just staring at that horrible blank page." 

The director added that the first 80% of his filmmaking process simply involved taking notes and writing down ideas. 

While the movie is very clear in the earliest stages of development, the green light for the franchise's third installment is already a done deal. 

In 2021, Netflix bought the rights to two more "Knives Out" sequels for over $450 million. The deal was one of the largest deals ever made for the rights to a franchise.