Fans of renowned writer-director Rian Johnson (of Star Wars: The Last Jedi fame) know he's been a busy bee ever since he stepped outside of Disney and Lucasfilm's dominion. While we've been hearing about a new Star Wars trilogy he had in mind for years now, he's currently focused on the Knives Out whodunit saga, spawned by his surprise 2019 hit and later picked up by Netflix for $450 million. The first sequel, Glass Onion, was released last year to great critical and popular acclaim, and it seems like we won't have to wait too long for the threequel.
Of course, Daniel Craig's Benoit Blanc will be at the center of the story once more, but everything else is up in the air. If Knives Out tricked us with a huge twist on the formula during its first act, Glass Onion shattered all of our expectations as it progressed... in a good way. Understandably, we don't know what to expect from the next movie, and that's a nice feeling to have in the day and age of predictable sequels, adaptations, remakes, and reboots.
During a recent chat with The Wrap about Netflix's Fair Play, a new erotic thriller topping the streaming charts, and how he and producer Ram Bergman helped director Chloe Domont get it made, Johnson dropped a small (but meaty) tidbit about the current state of Knives Out 3.
"It’s coming along. I obviously couldn’t work during the strike, and now that it’s over, I’m diving in full force, and so it’s coming along," he teased. "I’ve got the premise, I’ve got the setting, I’ve got what the movie is in my head. It’s just a matter of writing the damn thing".
In spite of the strikes-related setbacks, it appears the anticipated threequel isn't in much trouble, especially when we consider Johnson is usually a nimble and effective writer. Meanwhile, he's also working on the second season of Peacock's Poker Face series, yet another hugely successful approach to murder mysteries he developed during pandemic times.
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