Rian Johnson won’t apologize about who Edward Norton’s character is in Glass Onion, but he was slightly concerned whether or not Paul Thomas Anderson would pick up the reference to Magnolia.
Johnson revealed that Norton surprised the cast by wearing a direct copy of Tom Cruise’s Magnolia outfit during a flashback sequence for the Knives Out sequel. Norton plays pompous tech billionaire Miles Bron, whose unoriginal ideas extend even to his wardrobe. Johnson said the idea was that Norton’s character would be so unoriginal that he copied the outfit from the last film he saw.
“He and Jenny Eagan, our costume designer, came up with the look and I had no idea,” Johnson told Insider. “I’ve started to get upset. But then I thought, ‘Is that too much?’ I also thought, ‘What is it [‘Magnolia’ director] Paul [Thomas Anderson] will you remember?’”
Johnson added, “Hopefully he’s taking it in the right spirit.”
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery was in theaters for a week before launching on Netflix on December 23. Johnson, who is set to helm a third Knives Out installment, noted that he is “pushing” for a return. to theatres.
“Once it’s in service it will be available to theaters and we’re exploring what form that can take,” he said. “I take as much as I can get. But a lot of that has to do with what theaters are willing to do that makes sense.”
Johnson explained the rollout strategy: “We wanted it to go incredibly well for many reasons. I appreciate for me because I really want to show that this can happen and that this can be a huge success. And when it reaches service, people will still show up and it will be huge in service. That these two things can complement each other. Because I want more next time. I want more theatre. I want it longer.”
While the third film’s plot is under wraps (Johnson leaked the feature film will be set in the US), the writer-director has vehemently denied any idea of a prequel based on the origin story of Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig).
“I was very relieved that Daniel and I are on the same page,” Johnson said. “I think little tiny glimpses of that are fun for me. And it’s a trap I really have to avoid as a writer, just for myself. With Daniel Craig in this role, it’s tempting to think that Blanc as a character is what’s interesting about these films.”
Johnson continued, “I have a natural inclination to kind of push the stuff back and say a little goes a long way in that regard. And ultimately, this must be the story of the Mystery. The secret is the thing. And the detective is interesting how he solves his task in solving the mystery. And if we get insights beyond that, that’s great. But I feel like a little bit of it means a lot to me… Maybe one day, after I’m dead and gone, it’ll be streamed on a mind chip.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/12/rian-johnson-worried-paul-thomas-anderson-glass-onion-1234792621/ Rian Johnson is concerned about Paul Thomas Anderson’s take on Glass Onion