John Krasinski (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Office) talked to Business Insider about the success of A Quiet Place and what we can expect from the sequel, which Paramount Pictures has given a release date of May 15, 2020.
Krasinski, who wrote, directed and starred in the first film, is writing the A Quiet Place sequel, with Platinum Dunes producing. A Quiet Place grossed an impressive $340.7 million this year on a budget of just $17 million. The film also stars Krasinski’s real-life wife Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds. In the modern horror thriller, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.
Asked whether he has gone to filmmaker friends about how to successfully do a sequel, Krasinski said he hasn’t. “No, and the reason why is because I didn’t go to anybody on the first one. I had never done a genre movie, so I actually made the conscious decision to not go out to anyone… If I start focusing on something I have never done before and asking people how they did it, then I’ll dilute the experience. I don’t even see it as a sequel. Emily actually blew my mind by categorizing it the correct way after I pitched it to her. She said, ‘This isn’t a sequel at all — this is the second book in a series of books. It’s a widening of a world.'”
He added that “it doesn’t feel like a sequel — it’s a continuation of living in that world.”
Krasinski also said that the rules aren’t changing for the next film. “I think what’s cool about the second part of this movie is the same set of rules have to apply. I can’t just introduce a world where you can make a ton of sound, and if I did, there would have to be a reason for it. So it’s figuring out if there are smart and clever ways to do it.
“And I have to give Paramount a lot of credit. I said to them, ‘The reason I didn’t want to do a sequel is I don’t want to do anything just to do it. I understand you made a lot of money, but I’m not your guy if you’re just going to crank it out.’ And they were so respectful. This audience response is so unique to any studio that we need to respect the people who gave us that opportunity. So hopefully we will.”