Easily one of the biggest surprises to come out of 2018 was A Quiet Place, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi/horror film written and directed by John Krasinski. It’s doubtful many expected Jim from The Office to deliver legitimate scares.
Yet, that’s exactly what Krasinski did, turning in one of the most suspenseful and tense films in years, and using the idea of noise attracting the monsters to its full potential. Critics deservedly showered A Quiet Place with praise.
Thankfully, it wasn’t just critics who loved Krasinski’s film, with A Quiet Place earning a massive $340 million worldwide on a budget of only $17 million. With that kind of profit margin, a sequel was very quickly greenlit.
While Krasinski returned to write A Quiet Place 2, he’s been upfront about the fact that he’s unlikely to appear onscreen, since his character died in the original. Also, he’s decided to focus the story primarily on new characters.
After the success of the first film though, the big question is whether or not Krasinski will direct A Quiet Place 2. Judging by a recent interview with The Playlist, he doesn’t even know, saying “So here I am now writing it and we’ll see if I end up directing it.“
Krasinski also expanded a bit on his sequel idea, making it clear that what interests him about doing A Quiet Place 2 is not the idea of learning what happens to the family from the original, but rather exploring the world.
“The beauty of it is that it’s the expansion of a world,” he explains. “Most sequels are about the return of a villain or a hero, and you have to build a totally new story around your favorite hero or favorite villain. [With this sequel], we actually have the world to deal with. The world is actually the star of the movie. So, this set of circumstances – how the rest of the world is dealing with this apocalyptic tragedy – is the fun of it then. That’s what drew me back.”
Despite A Quiet Place 2’s focus on new characters, I do hope we get some kind of update on Evelyn (Emily Blunt), Regan (Millicent Simmonds), and Marcus (Noah Jupe). I grew way too invested in their survival to not know how they’re doing.