“Glass Onion” Tech Bro isn’t Elon Musk, says Rian Johnson

“I hope there isn’t some secret marketing department at Netflix funding this Twitter acquisition.”

[Editor’s Note: The following story contains spoilers for “Glass Onion.”]

Just because Miles Bron is an idiot billionaire tech bro doesn’t mean he’s a nod to other idiot billionaire tech bros, according to its creator, “Glass Onion” writer-director Rian Johnson.

Miles, played by Edward Norton, is a rich guy who pays to keep the Mona Lisa in his house for a while and throw lavish parties for friends, not to mention that he so confidently uses so many sass, just one straight white cis male could get away with them. But just because Elon Musk is in the news every day now doesn’t mean Johnson aimed directly at him when writing the script.

“There’s a lot of general stuff about these kinds of tech billionaires that went straight in. But obviously it has an almost odd relevance right now,” Johnson told Wired. “A friend of mine said, ‘Man, that feels like it was written this afternoon.’ And that’s just a horrible, horrible accident, you know?

Johnson also spoke about the modern archetypes he populated his list of suspects with, from outsider politician to sportswear entrepreneur. “Once I had a tech billionaire at the top of the suspect pyramid, the kind of friends they would have and the tenor of everything came together,” Johnson said. “Because the intent was to accurately reflect what it was like to have our heads in the middle of the cultural sphere for the last six years. It’s kind of a nightmarish kind of carnival right now, a Fellini-like inflated reality.”

Referring to the film’s eerie timing amid months of controversy for Musk and Twitter, Johnson said, “It’s so strange. It’s very bizarre. I hope there isn’t a secret marketing department at Netflix funding this Twitter acquisition.”

Johnson previously spoke about the film’s marketing — specifically his dismay at the addition of the subtitle “A Knives Out Mystery.”

“I’ve strived to make them self-contained,” Johnson told The Atlantic of the Knives Out films, which follow Daniel Craig’s dandy detective Benoit Blanc as he solves various complex mysteries with new casts. “Honestly, I’m pissed that we have ‘A Knives Out Mystery’ in the title. You know? I want it to simply be called “Glass Onion”. I get it, and I want anyone who liked the first movie to know that this is the next one in the series, but the whole appeal for me is that it’s a new novel out of the box every time. But there’s a thousand suns attraction to serialized storytelling.”

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