After the massive critical and box office success of A Quiet Place, it was only a matter of time until Paramount Pictures greenlit a sequel to John Krasinski's sensory horror film, a genre that's fast becoming the flavor of the month (see: Bird Box). And while the writer/director/actor has now been established as a bona fide filmmaker, he almost didn't want to return for a follow-up once the studio gave it the go-ahead.
Speaking to Deadline, Krasinski talked about how Paramount took a rather shrewd approach to securing his involvement with A Quiet Place 2. In fact, they apparently resorted to effective mental tricks that would seem fit for a Jedi Master on Coruscant.
"I’ll be honest with you: I really didn’t want to do the sequel. It was never built to launch sequels, which we all knew, and the studio knew too," he said. "But also, I’m a realist. I know that when you have a success like this, everyone wants to make another one. I told them to go find another filmmaker and writer, and they said, 'But don’t you have an idea?' I said, 'Yeah, I have a tiny idea,' so they said, 'OK, while we’re talking to other people, keep thinking about it.' They basically mind-tricked me into wanting to write it."
In the end, Krasinski realized that this is his baby and he didn't want someone else mucking it up in his stead. Right now, it is unclear if his co-writers on the first movie, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, will contribute to the new script in any way. During his chat with Deadline, however, Krasinski basically confirmed that the sequel won't follow the family we met in the initial film, played by Krasinski, Emily Blunt (the director's actual wife), Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds.
"Most sequels are about the return of a hero or a villain," Krasinski continued. "You take this character that people loved once and you bring them back, and you have to create a new world around them. We have the exact opposite setup. We have the world, and you can drop whoever you want into that world and everyone feels connected to it. The reason I decided to go back, in the end, was this world is so rich, and it’s so much fun to explore. There are so many different things to see now. Everyone else in the world is experiencing this, so I’m curious to see what that looks like from another perspective."
A Quiet Place 2 is scheduled for theatrical release on May 15, 2020.