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Rian Johnson On More 'Knives Out' Movies And 'Star Wars' Trilogy

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Writer/director Rian Johnson shines positively when he sits down to chat at the Middleburg Film Festival. His latest film “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” took part in festival tours, garnering critical acclaim and talking about the Oscar. But there’s one thing fans are dying to know: Will he make the proposed “Star Wars” trilogy?

“I spoke to Kathy. [Kathleen Kennedy] about that and we’re still talking about it,” says Johnson VariationAwards Circuit Podcast. “I had an incredible experience doing ‘The Last Jedi’. It’s all a matter of timing. putting it for me [‘Glass Onion’] and to do the next of these… I don’t know the answer.”

When asked directly whether we will definitely see the “Star Wars” trilogy in the future, Rian Johnson answers, “God I hope so.”

In this week’s episode of the award-winning series Variation On the Awards Circuit Podcast, Johnson and I sat down to discuss his new movie, “Glass Onion,” in addition to discussing the status of his planned “Star Wars” trilogy and how many “Knives Out” movies he’ll continue to make.

Listen below:

The original “Death on the Nile” and “Evil Under the Sun” inspired Johnson’s “Knives Out” series. Written by writer and director Rian Johnson, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” is another hilarious rendition of the whodunit series, which surpasses its predecessor in almost every way. Daniel Craig reprises his role as Benoit Blanc and lends himself to the funniest performance seen this year. It’s impossible to tell without spoiling the movie, so we’re not going to do that. What we’re going to do is tell you there’s going to be a cutthroat race with “Glass Onion” in the mix of the SAG Award for best cast.

Johnson is not a filmmaker like Steven Spielberg, who knew he wanted to make a movie after seeing “Lawrence of Arabia.” Johnson’s earliest memory of watching a movie was “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), which he said had “terrified” him on television. However, he remembers his first cinematic experience, when he and his father went to see the remake of George Lucas’ “Star Wars” (1977).

“It was just a cloud and was constantly surrounded by movies that swept through my childhood,” he says.

But don’t expect filmmakers like Spielberg, Kenneth Branagh, and Alfonso Cuaron to join the trend to make a movie about Johnson’s childhood. “It wouldn’t be as fun. It would be very boring.”

For many, Johnson’s film on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017) has been one of the most ambitious and creative films in the series. “The plan for me was always to do the second and then step back,” he says of not directing the third episode.

Johnson is excited to jump into the next movie, “Knives Out,” which will be the third installment in the series. When Netflix first announced the purchase of the rights, it was said that two more movies would come. When asked how many “Knives Out” movies he’s in, Johnson replied, “If each of these could really be what Agatha Christie did, I’m trying something exciting, not just in a completely new venue and a new cast, but also as long as Daniel is there,” Johnson said. I will make [Craig] and having a good time. I will continue to do these as long as they allow it.”

Next up for Johnson is “Poker Face,” the first television series he created. Working with Emmy-nominated Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”), she calls it “old school, a throwback to mystery shows of the week like ‘Magnum PI’ and ‘Columbo’. 10 episodes and each one a completely different mystery with different guest stars for each. We have incredible actors to play murderers and victims.”

Netflix will release “Glass Onion” in theaters for a special one-week preview window from November 23 to November 29. It will be released on the streaming platform on December 23.

Also in this episode, Academy Award Winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) talks about his new role in “The Good Nurse,” which put him in the best supporting actor Oscar controversy. He also discusses his time on “Fantastic Beasts” and what will happen next.

Finally, the Awards Circuit roundtable to talk about the latest films of the week, including “The Banshees of Inisherin,” the next festival stop at the Savannah Film Festival, and campaign news of “She Said” films from Universal Pictures and “Women Talking.” back for. ” From MGM/UAR.

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