Since exhibitors and the streaming service agreed to a statewide sneak-peak run of Rian Johnson’s “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” the prominent U.S. theatre chains will now screen a Netflix Original release.
Netflix Original Announcement
AMC, Regal Cinemas, and Cinemark will screen the “Knives Out” sequel for an exclusive one-week run beginning November 23, one month before it becomes available for streaming on December 23. Netflix released this information on Thursday.
Until recently, those chains largely rejected scheduling Netflix releases. Netflix and the chains, however, ultimately found common ground when theatrical windows shrank from three months to regularly closer to 45 days and streaming-only releases occasionally missed the enthusiasm generated by moviegoing.
The agreement for “Glass Onion,” which had its world debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and starred Daniel Craig as detective Benoit Blanc, does not include a whole window for theatrical distribution. Wide release screens typically in more than 3,000 cinemas across North America, but Johnson’s movie will also be released internationally and in around 600 domestic locations.
According to Scott Stuber, president of the global film at Netflix, “given the buzz around the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, we hope fans will appreciate this special theatrical event in celebration of the film’s global premiere on Netflix in December.”
Because of “Glass Onion’s” track record at the box office—”Knives Out” was one of the year’s biggest original hits, earning Lionsgate more than $311 million in international ticket sales—negotiations between exhibitors and Netflix had revolved around it for months. Following a bidding war, Netflix paid $450 million to buy two sequels. Johnson had also expressed an interest in seeing it performed theatrically broadly.
In an interview with The media, the filmmaker stated that the primary goal of this film was to provide a pleasant time for a large audience of people in a theatre.
Johnson expressed his joy in a statement on Thursday, adding that he was “over the moon” that Netflix has collaborated with AMC, Regal, and Cinemark to bring Glass Onion to theatres for this unique preview.
The first-ever agreement, according to AMC Chairman and CEO Adam Aron, “sufficiently respects the integrity of our present theatrical window policy.” Aron expressed his hope that it will increase collaboration between Netflix and AMC’s most prominent theatre chain.
As previously stated, Aron believes that theatrical exhibitors and streamers can continue to coexist. Beyond that, we’ve wanted to figure out how to break the code and cooperate effectively. By doing this, theatres can show more films, increasing their revenue. Additionally, because of the greater cultural resonance that these films can achieve through a theatrical release, they will play to a broader audience when they are also watched on streaming platforms.
Glass Onion: The Knives Of Mystery
Rian Johnson wrote, produced, and directed Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery for T-Street Productions in 2022. The title of the movie is simply Glass Onion onscreen. In a stand-alone sequel to Knives Out (2019), Daniel Craig returns as the master investigator Benoit Blanc, who takes on a new case. Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista are the ensemble cast members in the movie.
In 2019, Johnson suggested that Knives Out might have a sequel. It was revealed in 2020 that he was working on a story with Craig, scheduled to repeat his part. For $469 million in March 2021, Netflix acquired the rights to two Knives Out sequels. Between June and July 2021, filming took place on the Greek island of Spetses. From there, it proceeded until September abroad. Editor Bob Ducsay, composer Nathan Johnson, and cinematographer Steve Yedlin were among the Knives Out crew members that were back.
A week-long limited theatrical release of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, which had its world premiere on September 10 at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, is planned for November 23, 2022, before its streaming debut.
Miles Bron, a software millionaire, played by Edward Norton, invites a select group of friends to his private island for a murder mystery party in the plot of “Glass Onion.” Janelle Monáe, Dave Bautista, Madelyn Cline, Kathryn Hahn, Kate Hudson, Jessica Henwick, and Leslie Odom Jr. are among the actors in the film.