Despite A Quiet Place becoming a critical and commercial hit putting John Krasinski on the map as a director to be reckoned with, he almost didn’t take the gig. Why? According to him, he was “too scared” to “do genre.”
In a behind-the-scenes featurette on the forthcoming Blu-Ray and DVD of A Quiet Place, when Krasinski had signed on to star in Jack Ryan for Amazon, producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form Facetimed him daily, as relayed by The Hollywood Reporter. At one point, they brought up the idea of Krasinski playing the role of the dad in this horror film they were working on about a family living in a world taken over by creatures attached to sound.
But Krasinski wasn’t immediately convinced. “I said, ‘I can’t really do genre. I’m too scared,’” Krasisnki said. When the producers told him, “‘it’s about a family that has to be quiet and you have to figure out why,’” however, he thought: “That’s one of the best one-liners I’ve ever heard.”
So, when Krasinski read the script, he was impressed. Not only was he on board to star, but he also wanted to (re)write and direct it as well. And once he pitched his idea for how he wanted to reshape it, the producers were convinced he was the right person for the job.
According to Krasinski, he wanted to incorporate the experience of being a new parent with his wife and co-star Emily Blunt into the script, for which he shares a screenwriting credit with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck.
“I was still early days of early parenthood, being totally terrified, nervous, trying to keep our daughter safe and keep our daughter alive already,” he says on the featurette. “So, I thought, ‘why not put all of those ideas into a script?’”
A Quiet Place will be available on digital June 26, then in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD July 10.