John Krasinski: A Quiet Place 2 is a widening of the world

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I would rank director John Krasinski's A QUIET PLACE high among the best movies of the year, but I can't say I'm very enthusiastic about the idea of a sequel. Krasinski is writing one, though, and it's already scheduled for a May 15, 2020 release.

Speaking with Business Insider, Krasinski discussed the fact that he wasn't enthusiastic about the idea of a sequel at first, either.

I mean, most sequels are a hero or villain returning, but there's no story behind it. It's basically "Let's give the audience the character they want." And I think the brilliant thing about "A Quiet Place" is there's a world.

I wasn't going to do a sequel. I told them I wasn't going to participate in one and to find a new writer and director. They asked for guidance, and I had this tiny little idea, and then (producer Andrew Form) was very smart and said, "Think on it some more while we have these meetings with other people." Then he threw the Jedi mind trick of asking me to just write the sequel, and he sucked me in.

But me going from not wanting to participate in a sequel to doing it is the same reason I hope people will want to see one. My hope is people want to revisit this world and revisit those stakes and those rules you have to abide by. That's my hope."

Krasinski went on to say that he doesn't even consider the script he's working on to be a sequel. 

Emily (Blunt, Krasinski's wife and his A QUIET PLACE co-star) actually blew my mind by categorizing it the correct way after I pitched it to her. She said, "This isn't a sequel at all — this is the second book in a series of books. It's a widening of a world." And I thought that's the best way to look at it. It doesn't feel like a sequel — it's a continuation of living in that world."

Some might say that "sequel" is the correct term for something that's a continuation of living in the world of a film, but if Krasinski doesn't want to call A QUIET PLACE 2 a sequel that's his prerogative.

Whatever it's called and regardless of what level of enthusiasm I'll have for it, I'll still be seeing this sequel/continuation/spin-off/follow-up when it's released in a year and a half.



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