John Krasinski, office prank aficionado and surprise horror director has voiced desire to pull off a sequel as equally impressive as this year’s smash hit A Quiet Place. Krasinski said it himself when speaking with Business Insider, “no one wants to get into the business to do cookie-cutter stuff,” and he’s right- A Quiet Place was made for $17 million but made almost twenty times that, earning and unexpected $340 million worldwide. Like being scary, from the mind of a man who enraptured millions by being goofy in sitcoms.
The film followed Krasinski and his wife, Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train), fighting off creatures who hunt using sound- something difficult for a family with young children. The film features very little dialogue, leaning heavily on American Sign Language. While the film still uses a traditional soundtrack, it also amplifies small sounds, such as a twig snapping and dice rolling. It brings anxiety to the forefront, leading the audience into a pit of panic that Krasinski handled so delicately.
Krasinski makes it clear he initially had no plans for a sequel. However, due to the success of the film (and pestering from his colleagues no doubt) he seems to be changing his tune. So far, not much is known but he’s set on the film remaining true to itself and the apocalyptic world he’s created. As he puts it, rather than a traditional sequel, A Quiet Place 2 will be a “continuation of living in that world”.
Krasinski has stated that he’s tinkering with the script and seeing how it grows organically. The evolution of the film from a stand-alone to a franchise feels more like a cinematic universe of its own, the stories growing and changing as only they know how with Krasinski at the helm. What we can hopefully expect is more artful shots, suspenseful soundtracks and powerhouse performances. The film currently awaits a May, 2020 release date.