Rian Johnson reveals the title of the mystery sequel
Benoit Blanc’s next mystery is getting closer and closer. Today, Knives out director Rian Johnson announced the title of its sequel to the hit murder mystery film, arriving “this holiday season.” According to a new (and very short) teaser posted on the director’s Twitter today, the upcoming film is titled Glass Onion — a name taken from 1968 Beatles song of the same name.
Johnson continues the trend of borrowing movie titles from iconic musicians with Glass Onionbeing inspired by the 2001 Radiohead song of the same name for Knives out. If that formula continues to work for Johnson, he’s lucky – and why wouldn’t he be, with a cast that includes a returning star Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc, with Kathryn Hahn, Janelle Monae, Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Leslie Odom Jr., Dave Bautista, Madeline Cline, Jessica Henwickand Ethan Hawke?
In the thread where he announced the new title, Johnson cited the most iconic mystery writer of them all as inspiration for his Benoit Blanc stories: Agatha Christie. Best known for her work on novels like Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile – both of which have received their own films – Christie has written more than sixty mystery novels, and Johnson cites his constant creativity as something he aspires to:
“What I love about Agatha Christie is that she never walked on water creatively. I think there’s a misperception that her books use the same formula over and over again, but fans know the opposite to be true… It wasn’t just set pieces or methods of murder, she was constantly expanding the genre conceptually.Under the thriller umbrella, she wrote spy thrillers, proto -slasher, serial killer hunts, gothic romances, psychological character studies, glam travelogues. When I did Knives Out, that’s what got me excited to do more of mysteries with Daniel as Benoit Blanc – imitating Christie and making each film feel like a whole new book, with its own tone, ambition, purpose…and (ta dah) title.
He also teased “lots more to come” in the same thread, implying that we may have a release date or trailer soon. We were given a very brief glimpse of the film’s Mediterranean setting a few months ago, but we haven’t yet gotten any more concrete footage or information on what takes Benoit Blanc to Greece.
Johnson is both a writer and a director Glass Onion, which will premiere on Netflix this fall – we’re guessing around Thanksgiving, given the “holiday season” window revealed by the new teaser. Check out Johnson’s full announcement below: