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Knives Out director Rian Johnson explains how adding The Muppets would change his whodunnit movie, as well as the iconic characters themselves.
Rian Johnson explains how doing a Knives Out crossover with The Muppets changes the overall tone and mood of the film. Audiences were thrilled by director Johnson’s quirky, but old-fashioned, murder mystery flick starring Daniel Craig as the eloquent and intelligent detective Benoit Blanc. Knives Out and its Netflix-exclusive sequel, Glass Onion, do an impeccable job of layering mystery on mystery and blending humor and drama into the story to bring the characters to life. With the sequel receiving as much acclaim as the first film, and a third film on the way, an online fan movement has suggested a crossover with the legendary Muppets, despite the lack of setup or connection.
The idea of seeing Blanc’s character interact with the chaotic puppet troupe came to Johnson. While speaking with Netflix’s Tudum blog, Johnson talked about the bizarre idea of Knives Out and Muppets crossover and came to the simple conclusion that while it’s really fun, such a thing would be hard to pull off. The problem, he believes, is that it would have to be decided what kind of movie it will be, because the two movies are essentially two different genres, and Johnson doesn’t want Knives Out or The Muppets stepping on each other. toes. Read his full comment below:
It’s a joke that I thought was quite brilliant, and I ended up really giving [it] serious thinking… As seriously as I take the murder mystery genre, as seriously as I take the genre of a Muppet movie… I think those two things have very different rules. You can either have a Benoit Blanc mystery that has Muppets in it, but they won’t feel out of place. Or you can have a Muppet movie that Benoit Blanc is in, but it will look like a Muppet movie.
Could a Knives Out & Muppets crossover ever happen?
Johnson’s films at loggerheads aim to tell old-school murder mysteries in a modern setting while the Muppets live to poke fun and parody things while entertaining audiences with quick-witted, sarcastic puppets. The two franchises couldn’t be more different from each other and Johnson recognizes that. He previously worked with Muppet alum Frank Oz on the original Knives Out and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Naturally, that would mean Johnson has a deep respect for entertaining puppets and wouldn’t want to do anything to jeopardize their creative comedy.
It would also be nearly impossible for such a crossover to occur between the two purely from a rights standpoint. The Muppets, and the Jim Henson Company for that matter, are owned by Disney while the Knives Out movies are currently produced exclusively by Netflix. If the Muppets were to do any type of crossover it would be a thematic crossover with Craig portraying a character similar to Blanc and the gag being that he solves a mystery involving the Muppets, but as for a straight crossover it would be little likely . Despite this, Johnson seems to have an idea for one of them, as when asked what a crossover would entail, he replied, “I can’t reveal that.” What if I did one day? »
While there doesn’t seem to be a Knives Out crossover with The Muppets anytime soon, the two franchises can still be enjoyed on their own. Audiences will no doubt be happy to know that Knives Out 3 is currently being written with Johnson and Craig excited to potentially make more movies down the road. The Muppets, which Disney is trying to revive in one form or another, will return with a Disney+ series centered around The Electric Mayhem. At this point, a crossover seems pointless as both franchises are currently thriving in their respective avenues.