Rian Johnson’s Netflix Sequel ‘Knives Out’ Gets a Trailer

Just days before its debut at the Toronto Film Festival, Netflix has released a trailer for Glass Onion: A Knives Out mystery. If we were talking about Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Purely in terms of being a Netflix premiere, then getting a trailer 3.5 months before its planned December 23rd streaming release would be unusually early for the streaming giant. But since it opens on Saturday night in Toronto, well, here you go. The tease looks refreshingly cinematic and appropriately cryptic. And, yes, this looks and feels like a knives out sequel, which makes sense considering cinematographer Steve Yedlin, editor Bob Ducsay, and composer Nathan Johnson returned along with writer-director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman.

It’s obviously spoiler-lite, more of an announcement trailer (yes, Daniel Craig’s Detective Benoit Blanc is *back*) than a full theatrical trailer. Speaking of a ‘theatrical trailer’, it’s still possible the film will get a modest/limited theatrical release before its streaming release. Much has been said about the use of knives out sequel as a test case for old-school theatrical releases, at least in North America, as the original earned $164 million domestically and $311 million globally at the end of 2019. But that doesn’t seem to be on the cards. the cards, so the question is which measure will be played theatrically before the Christmas release. Suddenly, early October or early December is pretty clear.

Thanksgiving weekend is packed with people (Strange World, Devotion, The Fabelmans, etc.). However, I could see Netflix releasing the movie on Thanksgiving weekend in (mostly) Cinemark theaters just for the free publicity. That’s especially true if they’re not trying to break box office records, but rather raise the profile of what could quickly become their most-watched movie. Yes, that would be ironic. knives out 2 it only exists because Netflix overpaid ($450 million for two sequels) due to the theatrical popularity of the original film. Other than that, the film seems perfectly interesting, and we’ll see Johnson follow up on a surprise hit when A) everyone has expectations and B) everyone expects another genre deconstruction.

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The other issue is related to Netflix’s quality control when it comes to its original features. It would be pretty embarrassing for the Lionsgate original to get rave reviews and strong word of mouth only for the Netflix-distributed follow-up to earn neither. Still, I guess we wouldn’t have a festival premiere if it wasn’t at least pretty good. Whatever happens, glass onion stars Daniel Craig alongside (deep breath) Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista and Ethan Hawke. Although, if I may, there is a shot at 0:36 that seems to imply that many of the star suspects don’t climax. Place your bets.

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