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A Quiet Place Teaser Poster

Official teaser poster for A Quiet Place.

"One of our biggest fears was this getting swept up into some kind of franchise or repurposed for something like that. The reason I say ‘biggest fear’ — we love the ‘Cloverfield’ movies. They’re excellent. It’s just that as filmgoers, we crave new and original ideas, and we feel like so much of what’s out there is IP. It’s comic books, it’s remakes, it’s sequels. We show up to all of them, we enjoy those movies too, but our dream was always to drop something different into the marketplace, so we feel grateful that Paramount embraced the movie as its own thing."
—Bryan Woods[1]

A Quiet Place is a 2018 American horror film directed by and starring John Krasinski. Written by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and Krasinski, the plot revolves around a father (Krasinski) and a mother (Emily Blunt) who struggle to survive and raise their children in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind monsters with an acute sense of hearing.

Beck and Woods began developing the story while in college. In July 2016, Krasinski read their spec script and was hired to direct and rewrite the script in March the following year. A Quiet Place premiered at South by Southwest on March 9, 2018, and was released in the United States on April 6, 2018, by Paramount Pictures. It grossed over $340 million worldwide, and received critical acclaim for its atmosphere, direction, acting, and sound design.[2].

History

Relationship with the Cloververse

In a 2018 interview with /Film, screenwriters Scott Beck, and Bryan Woods revealed they considered pitching A Quiet Place to Paramount Pictures as possible entry for the Cloververse. At the time they were working on the story for A Quiet Place, the script that would become 10 Cloverfield Lane had already been purchased by Paramount.

Paramount Pictures rejected the suggestion, and considered Woods and Beck's script unique enough to be its own film.[3][note 1] Woods added that, while they appreciated the Cloverfield films, he and Beck feared their work being absorbed into a franchise like it. They wanted to bring something new to the marketplace, and appreciated Paramount's support in their script.[3]

Connection to Krasinski

April 2016, during the casting process of "God Particle", Variety reported John Krasinski was in talks to join the film as one of the lead astronauts.[4][5] However, Krasinski presumably dropped out of the project on account of previous television commitments.[6] Krasinski later agreed to co-write, direct, and star in A Quiet Place.[7]

Notes

  1. Woods: “I guess it crossed our mind and we had spoken to our representatives about that possibility. It was weird timing, though, because when we were writing the script, ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ was at Paramount. We were actually talking to an executive there about this film, and it felt from pitch form that there might be crossover, but when we finally took the final script in to Paramount, they saw it as a totally different movie."

References

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