Sunday, June 16, 2024

Knives Out Sequel “Glass Onion” May Confirm the Walrus Was Paul: Title Taken from Beatles Song, Movie Set for Holidays


I told you on June 29th that the title of the new “Knives Out” movie, “Glass Onion,” was from the Beatles song on The White Album.

Now director Rian Johnson says in a Netflix press release: “I’m always fishing for something fun that Blanc can grab onto as an overwrought metaphor that he can beat to death,” he says.  “This is all in plain sight from the very start. So, the idea of glass came to me, something that’s clear. I’ll be very honest. I literally got out my iPhone and searched my music library with the word ‘glass.’ There’s got to be some good glass songs. I was like, “Oh, is it a glass fortress? Is it a glass castle? Is it a glass man?” The first thing that came up, because I’m a huge Beatles fan, is ‘Glass Onion.’” (We may find out if the Walrus was Paul.)

The “Knives Out” sequel — I first reported that there would be more movies starring Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc — will play in some theaters beginning December 23rd, holiday time, as well as on Netflix. (The streamer must do this for Oscars consideration.) The new movie stars Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick , Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.

“Glass Onion” was shot in Greece on a yacht and takes its inspiration from the 1973 cult film, “The Last of Sheila.” directed by Herb Ross and written by, oddly, Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins. That movie featured a murder on a yacht with a starry cast that included Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, Raquel Welch, James Mason, and James Coburn.

No word yet if Netflix shelled out the requisite million bucks to get the Beatles song in the movie, but I wouldn’t put it past them!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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