Benoit Blanc is back with another mystery that keeps him restless in the latest Knives Out sequel. The second installment in the trilogy developed by Rian Johnson takes our favorite witty detective on a private island in Greece to solve a murder mystery game. Introducing a slew of new memorable characters played by a star-studded ensemble as the pawns that Benoit Blanc, who is played by Daniel Craig, will have to move to solve this whole thing.
The cast’s excellent chemistry on the project is quite apparent, leaving fans to speculate on what could follow suit in future installments. The release drew a lot of eyeballs, becoming one of Netflix's highest opening weekend viewership titles, with a spectacular performance in its limited theatrical run.
Social media has already spawned a prevailing fan theory in which the billionaire Miles Bron, played by Edward Norton, and his eccentric and colorful friend group are interpreted by the Muppets. Creating a crossover between the two franchises in which Blanc would be the only human character sounds like ”a pretty good idea” to writer-director Rian Johnson. He elaborated on the idea in an interview with Netflix's TUDUM blog and even the cast got in on it in a recent video posted on Netflix’s social media accounts where they answer fan questions together.
The cast of Glass Onion sat down to answer fan questions together and their chemistry is spectacular no matter how you slice it. 🧅 pic.twitter.com/qXXVUHpN0v
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Here’s what director Rian Johnson had to say about the idea in December when speaking with TUDUM:
It's a joke that I thought was pretty brilliant, and I ended up really giving [it] some serious thought. As much as I take the murder mystery genre seriously, I take the genre of a Muppet movie seriously... I think those two things have very different rules. You can either have a Benoit Blanc mystery that has Muppets in it, but they'll feel out of place. Or you can have a Muppet movie that Benoit Blanc is in, but it'll feel like a Muppet movie. "I wouldn't want to compromise either of them.
And I feel like in order to make it well and make it work, you'd have to make a choice and compromise one or the other. If I ever make a Muppet movie, I just want to make a great Muppet movie.
The issue that rears its head here is that the Knives Out sequels are owned by Netflix after the original movie was published by Lionsgate under Disney. The Muppets are also part of Disney’s library, so there is common ground on which a deal could happen. Even if it ends up exclusively on Disney+ as compensation for using Muppet characters, it will still be fun to see Kermit and Miss Piggy in some stunning fashion wear as a murder mystery unfolds. Much was made out of the cast’s outfit choices even in the fan questions video, but you can’t argue with the results.
With a 93% audience and critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film's director is thinking of ideas for the next sequel. While he previously stated that he’ll start the writing process after the New Year comes, fans are wondering if his promise to subvert the previous two installments means a Puppets spinoff is on its way.