Writer / director Rian Johnson shines with positivity as he sits down to chat at the Middleburg Film Festival. His latest film “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” toured the festival, garnering critical acclaim and some Oscar-winning enthusiasm. But there’s one thing fans of him can’t wait to know: Will he ever make his proposed “Star Wars” trilogy come true?
“I talked to Kathy [Kathleen Kennedy] and we’re still talking about it, ”Johnson says VarietyPodcast of the awards circuit. “I had such an amazing experience making ‘The Last Jedi’. It’s all a matter of programming. For me, putting this on [‘Glass Onion’] go out and do the next of these … the answer is I don’t know.
When asked directly if we will definitely see Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars” trilogy in the future, he replies, “God, I hope so.”
In this week’s episode of the winner Variety Awards Circuit Podcast, we sit down with Johnson to discuss his new film “Glass Onion”, as well as discuss the status of his planned “Star Wars” trilogy and how many “Knives Out” films he will continue to make.
The originals “Death on the Nile” and “Evil Under the Sun” inspired Johnson’s mystery series “Knives Out”. “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” by writer and director Rian Johnson is another sensational version of the thriller series that surpasses its predecessor in almost every way. Daniel Craig reprises the role of Benoit Blanc, throwing himself into the funniest performance seen this year. It’s impossible to explain what the film is about without ruining it, so we’re not going to. What we’re going to do is tell you that the award for the SAG Award for Best Cast will be a ruthless contest with “Glass Onion” in the mix.
Johnson is not one of those directors like Steven Spielberg who knew they wanted to make films after seeing “Lawrence of Arabia”. Johnson’s earliest memory of seeing a movie was “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) on television, which he said “terrified him”. However, he remembers his first film experience, which was going with his father to watch a re-release of George Lucas’ “Star Wars” (1977).
“It was just a cloud and constantly surrounded by films that enveloped my childhood,” he says.
But don’t expect Johnson to join the trend of directors like Spielberg, Kenneth Branagh, and Alfonso Cuaron, to make a film about his childhood. “It wouldn’t be that fun. It would be very boring ”.
For many, Johnson’s portrayal of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017) was one of the most ambitious and imaginative films in the franchise. “The plan for me was always to do the second and then take a step back,” he says of the third episode’s non-direction.
Johnson is excited to jump straight to the next “Knives Out” movie, which will be the third installment in the franchise. When Netflix first announced the purchase of the rights, it was rumored that two more films would arrive. Asked how many “Knives Out” movies he has in him, Johnson says, “If any of these can truly be what Agatha Christie did, if they can be not only in a completely new location and with a new cast, but also trying something exciting, I will continue to do it as long as Daniel [Craig] and I’m having fun. I will continue to do them as long as they let me. “
Next up for Johnson is his first ever television series, “Poker Face”. Working with Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”), she calls it an “old school, a throwback to the case of the mystery shows of the week like” Magnum PI “and” Columbo. “It’s 10 episodes and each is a complete mystery. different, with different guest stars for each one. We have incredible actors who come in and play killers and victims. “
Netflix will release “Glass Onion” in theaters for an exclusive one-week preview window from November 23-29. It will be released on the streaming platform on December 23rd.
Also in this episode, Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) talks about his new role in “The Good Nurse,” which placed him in the conversation for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He also discusses his time in “Fantastic Beasts” and what will happen next.
Finally, the Circuit Awards roundtable returns to talk about the latest releases of the week, including “The Banshees of Inisherin”, the next stop of the festival at the Savannah Film Festival and the new campaign for Universal Pictures’ “She Said” films. and “Women Talking” from MGM / UAR.
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