John Krasinski Returning to Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’ with Emily Blunt; Release Date Announced

Paramount Pictures

Great news: John Krasinski will be directing the sequel to his 2018 horror sci-fi hit A Quiet Place.

Krasinski, who directed, starred in and co-wrote the first film, has signed up to direct Paramount’s A Quiet Place 2. He’s also on board as the sequel’s screenwriter; the first film was initially written by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck before Krasinski came in to help form the final draft.

Deadline broke the news, reporting that Emily Blunt would also be returning. THR expanded on the casting news, reporting that the studio still has to negotiate what Blunt’s pay will be this time around.

Blunt reportedly earned between $US8 million and $US9 million for her upcoming Disney adventure Jungle Cruise, which will have her starring alongside Dwayne Johnson. While she has become a high earner over the years, she reportedly accepted a pay in the $US1 million range for her role in A Quiet Place, which was a passion project for her husband, Krasinski. Her deal this time around could also include a cut from the back end results.

Child actors Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe are also in talks to return, which suggests we will be continuing on with the remaining Abbott family members, who we left as they prepared for a showdown with the terrifying aliens circling the house.

Plot details are being kept under wraps as the script is still being worked on, but word is that Krasinski and co – including Paramount and producers Andrew Form, Brad Fuller and Michael Bay – have decided on an overall plot. The two possible narratives being discussed: focus on a new area/family in this post-apocalyptic world or continue with the Abbots. Looks like it’s the latter, although there could be a combination of the two.

Production on the sequel will be kicking off in July.

Krasinski took to Instagram to announce the film’s release date. Mark those calendars, folks: A Quiet Place 2 will be hitting US cinemas on May 15, 2020.

Image credit: Jonny Cournoyer / Paramount Pictures
Image credit: Jonny Cournoyer / Paramount Pictures