Horror film A Quiet Place has reached both critical and commercial success since its release this month, now it’s been officially confirmed there will be a sequel in the near future.
Since its debut on April 6, the John Krasinski directed smash – which he also stars in – has already earned more than $213 million (£153.22 million) at the worldwide box office.
Furthermore, he and Paramount studios produced A Quiet Place on a modest $17 million (£12.23 million) budget. It may seem like a lot, but when you compare it to recent (as well as upcoming) big-budget blockbusters it’s minuscule.
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But Krasinski proves you don’t need a ridiculous production budget, fancy CGI or marketing gimmicks to sell a good movie. Sometimes all you need is an idea and good storytelling.
Because of this, Paramount have already greenlit a sequel, the announcement was made at yesterday’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas by CEO Jim Gianopulos.
He told the crowd:
We’re already working with these guys on a sequel. If you told me five years ago that an almost silent film starring the very funny guy Jim from ‘The Office’ would have been a hit at Paramount, I would have said, ‘Well, I should go work at Paramount’.
As mentioned before A Quiet Place was directed by Krasinski, who up until this point was best known as Jim Halpert from The Office, he stars alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt.
The film is a modern-day horror, telling the tale of a family whose very survival is dependent on complete silence as they are being pursued by mysterious creatures who hunt by sound. What makes the film so compelling – and terrifying at the same time – is the minimal dialogue. It creates a real sense of fear and tension in the atmosphere.
Casual film buffs will be surprised to know A Quiet Place was produced by Michael Bay – the man behind all the Transformers films – or as I like to call him; ‘the man who would blow up the world if he thought it would make for great visual effects’.
At a press conference, the film’s screenwriters Bryan Woods and Scott Beck had previously teased media outlets with a potential sequel.
Beck told Fandango:
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?
As well as making big bank at the box office A Quiet Place has been a hit with the critics, earning itself a 95 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes
In his review for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw said:
In its simplicity and punch, this is a film that feels as if it could have been made decades ago, in the classic age of Planet of the Apes or The Omega Man. It is a cracking back-to-basics thriller that does not depend too much on what these creatures look like.
Krasinski rather cleverly addresses this issue by keeping them glimpsed only subliminally at first, but then, without giving any clearer idea of what they look like, we graduate to a surreally extreme close-up of the beast’s hideous, undulating ear. A satanically sensitive orifice.
A Quiet Place is out now in cinemas across the UK.