Glass Onion: A Knives out Mystery: Rian Johnson claims the latest thriller is made for the theater

Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads seems to have everything that made the original Knives out a great detective novel: a starry cast, southern detective Benoit Blanc, and a mystery with layers upon layers to unravel. Unfortunately, according to the director Rian Johnson the upcoming sequel may be missing a key element that made the first film so great.

At daggers drawn was hit theaters in 2019, grossing $311 million on a budget of $40 million. It was one of the biggest hits of the year, leading Netflix to pick up the rights to future sequels for a hefty $450 million. Now the big screen opportunity for Glass Onion is up in the air, as the film heads to Netflix on December 23 this year. Of course, there’s the possibility of a big-screen rollout ahead of Netflix’s premiere, or at least in limited theaters. However, Johnson tells the Washington Post that he’s not sure Glass Onion get to the movies, even though that’s how he wanted the movie to be seen.

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“This film, above all, is designed to be a good time with a large crowd of people in a room. I want as many people as possible to see the film in theaters. That said, I know a lot of people discovered “Knives Out” with their families back home once it was streaming. But this movie is so designed to be seen with a crowd in a theater. It’s less like “Top Gun” where it’s about the big screen and sound experience, and it’s more about being around people who are going to have as much fun as you do. My goal is to hopefully make it that way if you want to see it in a theater you can. But we are still TBA.

Johnson recognizes the changing landscape of the industry

The landscape of the entertainment industry changed forever after the pandemic as theaters closed and movies went straight to streaming. Although cinema is starting to see a resurgence after the long hiatus, Rian Johnson acknowledges that the way films are released may have changed forever. During his interview with The Washington Post, the filmmaker says he remembers that if a movie is good, people will find a way to watch it.

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“As a form of self-defense, I have the serenity that if you make a good movie, you release it and people will find it. In the end, you just need to reach a place of zen because everything is changing so fast. »

Fortunately for Johnson, early reviews of Glass Onion have arrived, and they’re praising the film, with some saying it may have surpassed the original. calls the film a “hilarious and thrilling sequel” and says the result is “a slicker, twistier and more uproarious sequel that exceeds expectations and is sure to excite fans of the original”. Fans can look forward to a domestic release of Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads in theaters or watch it when it hits Netflix on December 23.

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