Zillow recently made waves by releasing a promotional listing for the “extravagant island commune” from the new Netflix movie “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” complete with an exorbitant $450 million price tag! I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but (spoiler alert!) the pad isn’t actually up for grabs, nor is it real, for that matter – at least not as it appeared onscreen. In truth, a vacation dwelling known as Villa 20, located on the grounds of the fabled Amanzoe resort on Greece’s cerulean Peloponnese peninsula, portrayed the massive compound belonging to eccentric billionaire inventor Miles Bron (Edward Norton) in the film. However, some special effects were utilized to bring it to life onscreen.
“Glass Onion,” which enjoyed a limited theatrical run before hitting Netflix on December 23, is a follow-up to 2019’s “Knives Out,” with Daniel Craig once again stepping into the well-heeled shoes of Southern gentleman Benoit Blanc, aka “the world’s greatest detective.” Don’t go calling the film a sequel, though! Writer/director Rian Johnson, who also helmed the original, considers it instead “a new Benoit Blanc mystery,” in the vein of Agatha Christies’ beloved Hercule Poirot book series, with an entirely new story set in a wholly new location and featuring a completely new cast. This time around, Benoit heads to Bron’s private Greek island to enjoy a weekend getaway/murder mystery party that the billionaire has staged for his longtime friends, a ragtag group of “disruptors” that includes former model Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson), genius scientist Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.), gruff Twitcher Duke Cody (Dave Bautista), Connecticut governor/senatorial hopeful Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn) and Bron’s disgruntled former business partner, Cassandra Brand (Janelle Monáe).
While “Knives Out” was shot in the Boston, Mass. area, Johnson tells The Hollywood Reporter that to visually distinguish “Glass Onion” from its predecessor, he “traded in the browns of New England for the blues and yellows of Greece.” At the center of the tale is Miles’ luxe island retreat, or “commune of creativity” as he describes it, a sprawling terraced mansion capped by a series of translucent domes, which the entrepreneur has dubbed “Glass Onion” in honor of the New York bar where he and his friends first met.