A Quiet Place is just a month old, but John Krasinski's directorial debut has already goosed Paramount Pictures to greenlight a sequel to the mostly silent horror movie. At the end of the movie (warning: spoilers ahead for those of you who still haven't seen it), our heroes discovered a way of defeating the noise-sensitive aliens by amplifying the frequency of the daughter's hearing aid that her father (Krasinski) had perfected before his noble sacrifice just moments before. The mother (Emily Blunt) smiles and cocks her shotgun, ready to pop a whole bunch of caps into the monsters, which begin converging on the family's little farm house. This ending scene seemed to mark a turning point for humanity and its war against these mysterious creatures.
Speaking to Deadline, Krasinski said that he imagined the entire film as a one-shot sort of deal and therefore, didn't give any forethought to setting up a sequel or expanded mythology. But now that one's happening, he's curious to see what other people were up to during this time, particularly those who had been living around the family farm we spent most of our time on in A Quiet Place.
“The thing that I loved in the movie, where my mind kept wandering as we were making it, was the question of who was on the other end of those fires, when the father lights the fire and in the distance those other fires light up. How did those people survive? How did that old man survive?” he said.
"That old man" is the anguished soul Krasinki's character and his son (Noah Jupe) run into on their way home from hunting. The man stands before a dead body (presumably his wife's) and just can't hold in his pain and horror any longer, letting out a terrible wail of resigned despair, which results in his death.
“In the extreme these characters are going through, there’s no room to think about that," added the director. "They’re there, there’s an old man who’s about to scream, they just have to deal with that. I think it would be interesting to see what’s going on elsewhere at this same time.”
Seeing a different point of view in this noiseless world could be interesting and it would probably make the most sense to go back to the beginning of when humanity wasn't entirely sure of what was going on. Similar to what The Purge franchise is doing this summer by showing us how it all began, Krasinski would do well to give fans an origin or periphery story. By the time we've met the characters in A Quiet Place, they're well-versed in masking sound and aware of what will happen if they try to speak. By setting a follow-up installment in a world where people aren't used to these life-or-death precautions, Krasinski can open up a new treasure trove of clever and novel horrors.