If you were wondering what John Krasinski could be up to in the sequel for ‘A Quiet Place‘ it likely won’t be what you expect. When it was released, the film took both the horror community and casual viewers by storm fleshing out the idea of a world gone to Hell and survival requiring changing how humanity lives.
While the film was a hit, doing a follow up wasn’t something which Krasinski was originally even interested in:
“Listen, I’m a realist. I’ve always loved the idea of looking at everything from everybody else’s perspective, and I totally get it, when you’re a studio, and you have a hit like that, you want another one. So I said, ‘Go with God and get another director and another screenwriter.’ [A sequel] wasn’t our intention and this wasn’t the studio’s intention, but I understand why.”
That being said, he was so impactful on the first film that the producers at least wanted his input as to what direction a sequel could go, and he was clear as to what he didn’t want to do:
“The thing you have to give [Paramount] a lot of credit for is they wanted to talk to me a lot about what would be your idea? Like, ‘We’ll go out to all these other people, but what’s the idea? How do we maintain the respect and how do we maintain the level of quality for the audience?’ They were very well aware that they didn’t just make a successful movie; they made a movie that this audience made successful. That these people who came loved it for a certain reason, so just to like pump out a second one was probably a bad decision, and that’s why I said I didn’t want to do it.”
However, it was sharing this initial thought for what he would like to see that ended up suckering the actor into helping write the second movie as well:
“So I had this little idea that I thought of and my producer, again, was very smart and said, ‘Will you just write it down so I can give it to these filmmakers who are coming in to pitch?’ and I said, ‘Yeah.’ And then after like three weeks, he was like, ‘Why don’t you just write this and then we’ll get another filmmaker?’ and of course Jedi mind tricked me into signing on to the sequel.”
The actor doesn’t clarify what he will see in the movie but does share that we likely won’t be seeing the same family or if we do they won’t be in the spotlight:
“Why I had this little idea that’s now gotten bigger is most sequels are about a villain returning or a hero returning, and you have to build this entire world around just the idea that I have a hero or a villain. That’s a lot, and I think that’s where a lot of sequels go wrong because as much as you love that hero or villain, the entire thing is fabricated just to make that person work. [With A Quiet Place 2], we have the world. So it’s actually the world that’s built, it’s the idea that the rest of the world is going through this exact same experience. Are there other people that have to survive like this? It’s that idea of living through the set of circumstances, not again in the same way obviously, but exploring it more. You only got to do it intimately for a small amount of time, so what happens next?”
I, for one, am curious as to how this next outing is going to end up.
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The sequel to ‘A Quiet Place’ is slated to stealthily make its way into theaters on May 15th, 2020!
Source: Business Insider