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John Krasinski has had years to make a name for himself as an actor, but his directorial career kicked off with a bang last month. A Quiet Place not only walked away with critical acclaim, it also made over $256 million worldwide, an impressive haul for a horror movie that only cost between $17 million to $21 million to make. With a performance like that, it's no wonder that Paramount Pictures officially gave the green light to A Quiet Place 2, and while Krasinski hasn't revealed if he'll be back to direct the sequel, he has thought it would be interesting if the next movie followed a new group of survivors. Krasinski explained:
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? In the extreme these characters are going through, there's no room to think about that. 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.
Although A Quiet Place was originally conceived as a standalone story, writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods revealed after the movie's release that they'd already written some set pieces for a sequel and mentioned that there are "multiple universes" the next installment could be set in. As things stand now, although Paramount president mentioned at CinemaCon that he believed in the collaboration between John Krasinski and Emily Blunt on A Quiet Place, it hasn't actually been confirmed if either of them will work on A Quiet Place 2. However, if Krasinski signs a deal to direct the sequel, perhaps that bodes well for A Quiet Place 2 being a separate start rather than a direct follow-up to its predecessor.
Warning: SPOILERS for A Quiet Place are ahead!
Although the door is still open for John Krasinski to direct A Quiet Place 2, his character, Lee Abbot, was killed in A Quiet Place by the monstrous, sound sensitive creatures that had wiped out of most of Earth's population. Thanks to his sacrifice, his family, including a newborn child, managed to escape, and Lee's daughter, Regan, later discovered that when used with a microphone, the cochlear implant her father repaired for her was capable of weakening these creatures. That potentially sets the stage for the rest of the Abbot family to start slowly killing off these creatures in A Quiet Place 2, but if the sequel decides to follow other survivors like Krasinski suggested to Deadline, then either that plot thread won't be followed up, or maybe the Abbots would only play a minor role in A Quiet Place 2, which still allows for a connective thread between both movies.
You can still watch A Quiet Place in theaters now, and be sure to read CinemaBlend's review of the movie. You can also browse through our 2018 release schedule to learn what movies, horror and otherwise, are coming out later this year.