Last year, screenwriters Bryan Woods and Scott Beck delivered a surprise smash when their low-budget horror movie, ‘A Quiet Place’ arrived and managed to steal the spotlight from and best splashier fare like ‘Ready Player One‘, ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising‘, and ‘Tomb Raider‘. Almost immediately, sequel talk began to circulate. Cut to the present, and a sequel is indeed in the works, but Woods and Beck are not actively involved.
John Krasinski, who directed and starred in the first movie, essentially wrote the script for the sequel by himself, after having worked on the first with Woods and Beck, who originated the concept and wrote the first version of the screenplay. (Bear in mind, Krasinski doesn’t have to worry about acting this time around.) Some wonder why Woods and Beck weren’t brought back, but it seems as though they weren’t really interested.
As Beck recently stated:
“As creators of essentially the movie and the franchise, we always have our hand in the mix. But what was really funny about opening weekend last year is, it was almost immediate that the studio announced there’d be a sequel. What our reaction was, and what John’s reaction was, like, ‘I don’t know if it needs a sequel.'”
He went on to add:
“We always envisioned it collectively as a standalone film, and very much like what Bryan and I were trying to mount on the wake of A Quiet Place is actually what we consider learning the right lesson, is that there actually is space for original ideas on a big theatrical level. So the decision that Bryan and I made was we’ll be passively involved in it. And what was great was John ended up cracking an idea that he really loved and he took the ball and ran with it.”
Beck and Woods helped Krasinski formulate the story for the sequel, but Krasinski is the only writer credited, while Beck and Woods are given a “Characters by…” notation.
Last year, right after the release of ‘A Quiet Place’, the pair seemed more receptive to a follow-up. Woods stated, “It’s such a fun world. There are so many things you could do.”
“Definitely…There are so many discarded set pieces, too, just hiding out on Word documents on our computer. So, yeah, there are certainly so many stories you could tell. It’s just really, at the end of the day, who are the characters in this and what does this situation mean to that dynamic?”
But it seems they had a change of heart.
Instead, the duo penned the horror movie ‘Haunt’, which they co-directed. That movie is being released this weekend. ‘A Quiet Place 2’ is scheduled to be released on March 20, 2020.
Source: Cinema Blend