LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Rian Johnson attends the "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" European Premiere and Closing Night Gala during the 66th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 16, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for BFI)
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Agatha Christie Inspired Rian Johnson To Make Glass Onion a 'Truly Different' Sequel
Aside from detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), "Glass Onion," the follow-up to 2019's popular mystery film "Knives Out," is a completely separate mystery that takes place on a Greek island owned by tech millionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton). This choice was inspired by the novels of Agatha Christie, whose 66 detective books have already been made into countless successful movies.
In a press conference attended by /Film's Ryan Scott, writer/director Rian Johnson explained how he wanted the sequels to follow Christie's approach and "do an entirely new mystery every time, a new location, a new rogues' gallery of characters." More important than changing the setting or characters, however, was staying true to Christie's willingness to truly mix things up.
Johnson elaborated, "She was mixing genres, she was throwing crazy narrative spins that have never been done in whodunnits before. She was keeping the audience on their toes, and every single book had a whole new reason for being." He also said there is a rich tradition of destination murders and pointed to "Evil Under the Sun" and "Death on the Nile," two murder mystery movies based on famous Christie books.