Paramount has been shifting movies around its release date quite a bit lately. The latest relocation is the sequel to ‘A Quiet Place’, written and directed by John Krasinski, which is moving from May 15, 2020 date to March 20, 2020. That places it closer in timeframe to the release of the first movie, which opened on April 6, 2018, and proved to be a massive surprise hit, opening with a $50.2 million haul on its first weekend, and going on to generate $188M domestic, and $340.9M global. Its production budget was a scant $17M. Its opening was bolstered by an excellent preview at SXSW, about a month earlier.
In its new release date, ‘A Quiet Place 2’ (or whatever it ends up being called) will go up against Lionsgate’s Christian music biopic ‘I Still Believe’ starring K.J. Apa. ‘A Quiet Place 2’ replaces Paramount’s ‘Playing With Fire’, which has moved to November 8, 2019 to replace ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ which was shifted to February 14, 2020, in order to allow director Jeff Fowler and his team to redesign the CGI lead character after the first trailer was met with a disastrous reception. ‘Playing With Fire’ fits the tone of a near-Thanksgiving release date, being a family comedy starring John Cena, Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, and John Leguizamo.
Emily Blunt returns to star as Evelyn Abbott in the ‘Quiet Place’ sequel, along with Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds, who played her kids, Marcus and Regan, respectively, in the first picture. Cillian Murphy joins as a mysterious newcomer. Reportedly, Krasinski wanted to explore who was on the other end of those fires, shown in the first movie. Of course, Krasinski’s Lee Abbott won’t be in the sequel. The sequel is filming right now.
‘A Quiet Place’, in case you missed it, is set in a world where carnivorous aliens hunt humans, using sound to track them down. The Abbott family, including deaf daughter Regan, are among the few survivors who have managed to stay alive.
‘A Quiet Place 2’ will now open on March 20, 2020.