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How many ‘Knives Out’ movies are there?

How many of Rian Johnson's whodunit experiences are there?

Daniel Craig, Janelle Monáe, and Jessica Henwick as Benoit Blanc, Andi, and Peg in 'Glass Onion'
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With Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery available to stream on Netflix, cinephiles across the globe are tuning in to uncover Rian Johnson’s latest whodunit experience. The concept of Johnson’s murder-mystery plot was first created back in 2019 with Knives Out, which centered around a mysterious and major death in a wealthy, dysfunctional family.

Each film has been highlighted by a star-studded lineup of A-List celebrities — including the likes of Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Dave Bautista, Edward Norton, and Janelle Monáe.

And, while the popularity surrounding Johnson’s brainchild has seemingly never dwindled, some fans may be asking themselves just how many movies fall under this specific murder-mystery umbrella. So, before you power up Netflix and load up Glass Onion, let’s examine how many movies fit within Johnson’s whodunit catalog.

How many Knives Out movies are there?

Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc in 'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery'
Photo via Netflix

As of now, there are 2 movies in Johnson’s Knives Out franchise. As previously mentioned, Knives Out (2019) kickstarted the narrative, with the film’s ensemble cast presenting an out-of-this-world extravaganza that tied together secrets, betrayal, family, and loyalty. All was eventually settled in the end, when the puzzle was ultimately solved, although the thrilling events within the project only prompted fans to desire more mysteries from Johnson.

Next up was Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, which follows a similar premise and memorably brings back Daniel Craig as intuitive detective Benoit Blanc. The critically acclaimed sequel, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, features Blanc taking on a brand-new case. He must rely on clues, minuscule hints, and other elements to figure out a seemingly unsolvable mystery. Both films have become heavily favored amongst moviegoers, prompting all signs to point toward a possible third outing.

Will there be a Knives Out 3?

'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery', some characters boarding a boat
Photo via Netflix

For those interested in the intriguing narrative, you’re in luck. A third movie is currently in development! While we don’t have many details, yet, about its plot or release, we do know that the movie may take a detour from the previous two.

In an interview with Variety, Johnson said “I’m starting to work on the third movie now, and that’s also what’s got me creatively jazzed: I don’t have to replicate the last movie at all. The goal is to strike out in a completely new direction tonally and thematically.”

No matter what direction Johnson chooses to go, we’re confident that this third addition will continue the strong legacy of the Knives Out series.

For now, catch Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, which is available to stream now on Netflix.

Taylor Mansfield
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Taylor Mansfield

Fascinated by the art of journalism, Taylor Mansfield has been writing for over 10 years. In the present day, she lends her expertise as a Staff Writer / Editor for WGTC, tackling a broad range of topics such as movies, television, celebrity news, and of course… *anything* horror! Because wherever there is horror — Taylor isn't far behind. She has previously contributed to entertainment sites such as GamersDecide, MovieWeb, and The Nerd Stash.