Rian Johnson goes from Knives Out to new crime series Poker Face


“It’s one thing that Columbo did,” Johnson says. “We present you the killer and the killing within the first act. The remainder of the episode is a chess recreation between the killer and Natasha’s character.”

Every episode features a big-name visitor star, together with Adrien Brody, Ellen Barkin, Chloe Sevigny, Nick Nolte, Australia’s Danielle Macdonald, Hong Chau and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Natasha Lyonne as Charlie Cale, a human lie detector on run, in the Rian Johnson created series Poker Face.

Natasha Lyonne as Charlie Cale, a human lie detector on run, within the Rian Johnson created sequence Poker Face.Credit score:Evans Vestal Ward/Peacock

So, does having a lady fixing crimes reasonably than Peter Falk in Columbo, Tom Selleck in Magnum or James Garner in The Rockford Information say extra about altering occasions, the tales Johnson likes to inform or the streaming viewers?

“To me, it says one thing about Natasha,” Johnson says. “Actually, I wasn’t even pondering of it in these phrases. I noticed her work in Russian Doll and I noticed one thing that’s extremely uncommon, which is an actor who has a whole absolutely fashioned presence on the display that’s so distinct and so charismatic.”

Johnson says he by no means watched Columbo for the mysteries.

“I watched it to hang around with Peter Falk each week. That’s what a present like this actually wants. It’s like a sitcom in that method. You’re coming to hang around with your folks each week. So, it wanted any person who has that watchability to them.”

Johnson says Poker Face feels dangerous as a result of the episodic storytelling is a throwback to the times when community tv dominated viewing.

“There’s been a mass coaching or brainwashing into the notion that the one purpose folks hold watching TV is as a result of there’s one story that stretches over the entire season,” he says. “I do know that’s not the case as a result of I watched TV for the primary half of my life and all of the exhibits I watched rising up have been episodic. I do know the facility of falling in love with a personality and wanting to return again each week.”

Johnson, who’s writing the following Knives Out sequel, thinks Poker Face may have a protracted future.


“We’ll see if folks will reply to it however in my thoughts, so long as Natasha desires to maintain doing it, I really feel like there’s plenty of stops on the highway forward,” he says.

Whereas making films is his precedence, Johnson is making an attempt to determine how he can slot in his increasing workload of crime productions.

“That’s one factor about TV,” he says. “David Mamet put it properly: it’s like working a marathon till you die.”

The primary 4 episodes of Poker Face drop on Stan on January 26. Stan and this masthead are owned by NIne.

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