One of cinema’s most delightful surprises in the last few years was Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. The cozy, star-studded whodunnit was a massive hit with critics and audiences alike, who praised its clever nature and over-the-top performances. Crafted in the style of an Agatha Christie novel, Johnson has said before that he intends to continue writing mysteries for lead detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig, to solve with his charming southern drawl. The first step in expanding Blanc’s legacy will be this year’s Glass Onion, the first sequel to Knives Out and the second Blanc case to hit screens.
The real question, however, is just how many Blanc movies Johnson is willing to make. Filmmaking is a little more labor intensive than writing a novel, and it wouldn’t be unrealistic for the acclaimed director to backtrack on previous sentiments after spending the last several years with the same character. Luckily for fans, there’s apparently no need to worry just yet. During a recent Q&A for those in attendance at the Toronto International Film Festival, Johnson reconfirmed his plans to make as many Blanc films as humanly possible while he’s still a working man.
Asked if there will be more Blanc adventures, the creative responded:
I’m going to keep making these until Daniel blocks me on his phone.Rian Johnson
This seemingly translates to something along the lines of, “I will never stop doing this.” Which, by all accounts, should be fine by the first film’s many fans. After all, Blanc was heavily inspired by Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot, and that character has appeared in 33 novels and over 50 short stories. Johnson better get busy if he hopes to match that in this lifetime.