Selling audiences on the premise of A Quiet Place seemed like a risky endeavor at first. A monster movie where the creatures hunted using only sound meant that large parts of the film would have little or no dialogue. In order to make sure that this rather daring premise would work on the big screen, director/star John Krasinski took an unconventional approach when first putting the film together.
Speaking with the New York Times, Krasinski said that in the first couple of days of post-production, he and editor Christopher Tellefsen were going through different sounds before Krasinski had something of a revelation, telling his editor to simply "hit mute."
"We hit mute for what might have been five weeks," explained Krasinski. "The first cut and the second cut were all done without one ounce of sound. I needed to be able to connect with these characters without anything else."
It was in editing the film devoid of any audio whatsoever that Krasinski realized the survival horror film could be accessible to a larger audience. He also cited another notoriously dialogue-free segment where he took some inspiration.
"Even on silent, there was so much communication happening. I didn’t think our movie would be so commercially accepted because the only other time I’ve seen someone do a movie with no spoken dialogue is Paul Thomas Anderson at the beginning of There Will Be Blood. That first 12 to 14 minutes where Daniel Day-Lewis doesn’t speak was a huge touchstone for me."
While the film continues to be an outside favorite for this year's Academy Awards, Krasinski is currently writing the sequel, though he isn't sure he'll return to the director's chair for round two.
"I had this tiny idea that fit that world and could be exciting, but I’m still thinking about what I want to do next. If I can crack the idea, I would love to direct it again," he said. "And if I can’t, I would love to give it to someone else with my fingerprints on it to make sure it’s being taken care of."
Whatever Krasinski decides to do, the sequel to A Quiet Place already has a May 2020 release date on Paramount's calendar.