Rian Johnson: ‘Glass Onion’ Was ‘Scarier’ to Write Than ‘Final Jedi’

“I spent 10 years planning ‘Knives Out,’ whereas this, I used to be sort of ranging from scratch,” Johnson stated.

Rian Johnson simply might need mastered the artwork of the sequel.

After helming controversial “Star Wars: The Final Jedi,” Johnson revisited his “Knives Out” whodunnit world with follow-up “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Thriller,” streaming December 23 on Netflix. The movie premiered at 2022 TIFF and marked one other collaboration between Johnson and “The Final Jedi” manufacturing designer Rick Heinrichs.

Nonetheless, “Glass Onion” decidedly had extra layers to peel again in manufacturing than Johnson’s “Star Wars” installment, based on the filmmaker. The Oscar-nominated writer-director revealed that whereas the 2 movies are a “very totally different animal” from each other, “Glass Onion” was a “scarier” movie to make.

“To begin with, ‘Final Jedi’  was really a correct sequel, persevering with the occasions from a film that I didn’t write,” Johnson advised the Los Angeles Occasions. “With this, to start with, it’s not even actually a sequel, it’s sort of like one other ebook, principally one other thriller with the identical detective. If something, going into it was a little bit scarier even than the ‘Star Wars’ film, as a result of the primary one, once we made it, it was in such a vacuum and we had no concept if folks can be into this sort of factor. Genuinely, it was simply one thing that I actually cherished, a style I cherished, and I’m like, ‘Let’s do this.’”

Johnson’s blockbuster “Knives Out” movie spurred a Netflix take care of extra of the Daniel Craig-led homicide mysteries to return.

“The truth that folks loved it and the truth that it was widespread — while you put one thing on the market, this occurs anyway, however particularly, I believe, on this case — it turns into one thing exterior of you and also you sort of overlook the way you made it,” Johnson stated. “And so, it was scary. I’ve by no means skilled nerves fairly like really sitting down to put in writing one thing. I additionally spent 10 years planning ‘Knives Out,’ whereas this, I used to be sort of ranging from scratch.”

Johnson additionally noticed “Glass Onion” as a option to deal with fashionable politics and to “very overtly have interaction with what’s occurring proper now with America.”

He clarified, “Not that these are extremely nuanced message motion pictures or commentaries in any respect. They’re large, widespread entertainments, however a part of it isn’t shying away from, ‘Sure, that is set proper right here and proper now, and we’re going to be speaking about stuff we’re speaking about proper now.’ That’s what Agatha Christie did again within the day. She wasn’t writing interval items.”

Johnson not too long ago defended “The Final Jedi” 5 years after its launch, telling Empire Journal that he’s even “extra proud” of it at this time. “Once I was up at bat, I actually swung on the ball,” he stated.

Johnson additionally confirmed plans to proceed his long-awaited “Star Wars” trilogy that was introduced in 2017. “It’s simply at this level a matter of schedule and when it may possibly occur,” Johnson stated. “It could break my coronary heart if I had been completed, if I couldn’t get again in that sandbox sooner or later.”

IndieWire’s Kate Erbland gave “Glass Onion” an A- assessment, writing, “Johnson needn’t fear a few sophomore droop, as a result of whereas ‘Glass Onion’ holds some resemblance to his 2019 smash hit (stacked casts, lavish areas, Daniel Craig having the time of his goddamn life), this sequel is zippily and zanily its personal thrill trip, and Johnson can’t churn these infants out quick sufficient.”

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