Rian Johnson teases potential plans for more 'Knives Out' films with charismatic detective Benoit Blanc

Rian Johnson teases potential plans for more 'Knives Out' films with charismatic detective Benoit Blanc
Rian Johnson attends the 'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery' European Premiere (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for BFI)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: If the 'Knives Out' franchise is your cup of tea, here is some particularly good news. Rian Johnson has said there is "endless potential" for Daniel Craig's Benoit Blanc. And thus the potential for a whole slew of sequels or prequels. Johnson specifically said despite Blanc being a compelling character, his role is always meant to be in service to the overall mystery as opposed to being the focal point, so he'll only ever showcase relevant information about the character rather than his origins as a detective.  

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The 2019 film 'Knives Out' was when audiences were first introduced to Daniel Craig's Benoit Blanc. His distinctive aura as a detective made him an instant fan favorite alongwith Chris Evan's cable-knit sweater. Benoit Blanc entered the annals of fiction's most famous detectives from Sherlock Holmes to Hercule Poirot. Daniel Craig reprises his role as a master detective when he takes on a new case in the 'Glass Onion,' a 'Knives Out' mystery. The ensemble cast includes Edward Norton, Janelle Monae, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista. 'Glass Onion' received critical acclaim, with praise for its screenplay, direction, performances, and score, and was named one of the best films of 2022 by the National Board of Review. People who have still not gotten a chance to watch the movie, fret not as the streaming giant Netflix will release the movie just two days before Christmas.

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In a recent interview with Uproxx, Johnson spoke about the character's history while he spilled the beans about the potential plans for the character in future movies. He said, "I think little tiny glimpses into that is fun for me. And it's a trap that I find myself as a writer having to really push back against, just for myself. Having Daniel Craig in that part, the temptation is to think that Blanc as a character is what's interesting about these movies."

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He added, "He's interesting in his function within the mystery, you know what I mean? ... I don't know, the notion of building out a backstory, learning where he came from, all of that stuff, to me, I don't know, I have a natural inclination to kind of push that stuff back and to say a little goes a long way in terms of that. And ultimately this has to be the story of the mystery. The mystery's the thing. And the detective is interesting in the way he solves his function within solving the mystery. And if we get glimpses beyond that, that's great. But I feel like a little of that goes a very long way for me." Although it is confirmed a third part of the film is being developed but an estimated date of release is still not known.

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'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery' is set to land on Netflix on December 23, 2022.

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