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John Krasinski following up A Quiet Place with sci-fi thriller Life on Mars

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Apr 11, 2018, 8:50 PM EDT

A Quiet Place has been one of the year’s biggest surprises, both at the box office and in the hearts of critics and fans (96% on Rotten Tomatoes). The John Krasinski-helmed-and-starring horror flick utilized its silent gimmick to the fullest, along with the talents of Emily Blunt and a cast of quality kid actors.

Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Krasinski’s got his next project figured out already. (Perhaps that's easier to do when you’ve currently got a runaway success on your hands, which opened to quadruple what it cost to make -- $50m against $17m.) Up next, Krasinski will direct Life on Mars, coming from the same studio (Paramount Pictures) and producers (Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller) that helped make A Quiet Place a smash hit.

Life on Mars will adapt a Cecil Castellucci short story titled "We Have Always Lived on Mars,” about a woman who, after being one of the last humans in a line raised on Mars, discovers she can breathe the Martian atmosphere. Is this evolution? Or something a bit more complicated... and perhaps sinister? We’d have to guess the latter, especially since the horror/thriller genre is what gave Krasinski the clout to make these moves in the first place.

So far they don’t have a writer to adapt the story, nor is Krasinski set to star -- but, since this is the very first stage of the project, almost everything could change.