It may be years before we get an update on Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy (which still isn’t cancelled apparently), but the modern auteur’s current focus is his original franchise in the form of the Knives Out films.
As it turns out, Johnson can now fully jump into the project, especially with the WGA Strike being over. Talking to The Wrap, Johnson says about the third film:
“It’s coming along… 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. 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.”
With Knives Out being such a critical darling when it came out, Johnson had delivered another interesting whodunnit story with the sequel Glass Onion, which came out on Netflix.
We don’t know where a third movie could go yet, but we should expect more or less the same kind of formula with the two past Knives Out films—Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc, attempting to solve a mysterious murder, paired with an all-star cast of the most acclaimed actors.
With Kenneth Branagh pretty much diving into his reinterpretation of the Agatha Christie novels, it really does feel refreshing that Johnson is delivering something in the same genre which feels like it’s for a modern audience.
I’m just here hoping he gets it all out of his table soon so he can get back to Star Wars; because things have not been the same since The Last Jedi, which some consider an impactful cultural shift in the franchise and fandom.
No release date has been announced for Knives Out 3, but you can check out the first two films now streaming on Netflix.