Normally, in our realm of film, a hit creates a lot of noise pre-release. Stirrings of director and cast choices, plot, style, and all the musings in between can be heard months before it is widely distributed. We seldom receive something that makes its way to major platforms and keeps us talking about what comes next like that of this year’s A Quiet Place.
The original story, captivating direction, and clashing tones of doom and family crept out onto the scene like unsuspecting monsters. Audiences, whether lifelong horror fans or religious viewers of The Office, stormed the theaters for the silent horror film-that-could. With that being said, what everyone truly did ponder following that very open-ended last scene, was:
What does happen following A Quiet Place?
The theme here is silence, not blindness, so spoilers ahead.
John Krasinski (13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, The Office), co-writer, director, and lead actor of A Quiet Place, made no doubt in our minds that he could not only produce a serious horror film, but that he could handle all aspects of creating a great movie. Demand for comments on the story itself and the possibility of a sequel could not be stifled. With its US theatrical release only being this past April, questions raised about the film’s potential franchise forced the writers, director, and producers to, well, speak. A sequel was confirmed shortly following release and we all know what happens when you give the audience a cookie…
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We were given our glass of milk, courtesy of one of the film’s producers, Andrew Form (The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy, The Purge: Election Year) via an interview with Collider, but let’s say that glass may be taken as half-empty and half-full. Careful to tame our pleas, while maintaining the virtue that silence is golden, he leaks just enough milk from that glass to keep us informed, yet blind.
Form assured everyone that Krasinski is “definitely involved” despite his character facing a fatal end. This bit comes as a relief as it surely means Krasinski will stay on to write, direct, or, if we are fortunate enough, he will both write AND direct the next film. Glass half-full. What capacity we will actually see Kransinski participate in remains to be known. Glass half-empty.
However, as far as more detail regarding A Quiet Place’s sequel, Form is remaining firmly tight-lipped. Get it?
In the interview, Form says,
“We’re lucky on this one. I’ve had many movies where the studio says to you ‘Here’s your date. Let’s go!’ and on this one we’re not rushing anything, which is amazing.”
He later goes on to give reason to all of the creative hands’ excuse for prolonging the sequel’s jump start. It’s obvious the film was made with blood, sweat, and tears, even evading a deal with Bad Robot to maintain original integrity. Krasinksi, Form, and screenwriters Bryan Woods and Scott Beck (Spread, Nightlight) were aware of the precious material they concocted and aren’t willing to compromise this story for just anybody or anything, even time. Form explains,
So we’re gonna take our time, we’re gonna figure out where to go, but there is no rush on it and we’re just starting to talk about it. We’re figuring out what everyone’s involvement is gonna be and what the actual next movie’s gonna be. The first one is so special to us that we really want to take our time with this and not rush anything.
Endearing. Vague, but still endearing. I’m about to ask for a straw to sip down this milk. Unlike many horror franchises, we’re going to hear nothing but radio silence before A Quiet Place installments and any content leaks emerge.
The only other minor piece of information we know about moving forward from Krasinski himself? He’d like to explore the stories of the other survivors hinted at by the distant fires surrounding the Abbot Family farm.
However, we’ve learned from this film that talk is cheap, literally, and from what it sounds like, nothing is set in stone for this second story or its players just yet. Form reiterates, “It has to be the right story, just like the first one. It just has to be.”
If Evelyn Abbott can wait out her contractions and birth in silence surrounded by bloodthirsty monsters, we can respect the time it will take to craft a worthy follow-up film. Given their initial output, it is safe to say that we can trust them on this and they will let us know what we need to in order to appreciate this sequel as much as we rallied behind A Quiet Place.
But, we will be sure to keep our ears alert to any news that breaks the silence between now and then.