In the wake of the major success of the horror film “A Quiet Place,” the nearly immediate announcement of a sequel by Paramount Pictures came as little surprise.
Even so, the film’s star and writer/director John Krasinski has revealed to Deadline he didn’t expect such a response to his first horror film, one that he made as a stand-alone piece:
“It’s only a short while since the movie came out, but already people are saying, ‘We want to live in this world more,’ which is really interesting. I’m surprised people aren’t like, ‘Nah, we know what this is, and we just want to leave it as it is.’ To be perfectly honest, it was never really on my mind while we were making it. I never really thought of it as an expanded world; I always thought of it as a one-off.”
Krasinski has not yet confirmed he will helm the next installment, but does discuss what he’d like to see in a sequel:
“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.”
An old project of Krasinski’s, a 2011 HBO miniseries about Chateau Marmont which was to be penned by Aaron Sorkin, has come back into play with the screen rights to Shawn Levy’s book “The Castle on Sunset” purchased and will be incorporated into the narrative.