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22nd Feb 2019

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are both back for A Quiet Place 2

Dave Hanratty

A Quiet Place 2

One behind the camera, one in front.

The sequel to A Quiet Place is starting to take proper shape.

We knew that John Krasinski had begun to put pen to paper on the script at the end of 2018, as he looked to expand the world of the original.

We also knew that he wouldn’t be returning to the screen for AQP2, given that his character in the first one didn’t fare too well.

The involvement of Krasinski beyond script duties, and the presence of Emily Blunt both seemed to be in the ‘not yet known but likely enough’ category, and so it has proven.

Deadline sources have revealed that Krasinski is set to return to the director’s chair and that Blunt will indeed return, along with her onscreen kids Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, should their negotiations pan out.

Blunt’s deal appears to be locked in, and we even have a release date of 15 May, 2020.

Speaking back in December, Krasinski noted his surprise at the film’s huge success as he pondered just how to continue the story.

“It was never built to launch sequels, which we all knew, and the studio knew too,” said Krasinski.

“But also, I’m a realist. I know that when you have a success like this, everyone wants to make another one. I told them to go find another filmmaker and writer, and they said, ‘But don’t you have an idea?’

“I said, ‘Yeah, I have a tiny idea,’ so they said, ‘OK, while we’re talking to other people, keep thinking about it’. They basically mind-tricked me into wanting to write it.”

His “pretty simple” idea for a new story has a Last of Us feel to it, should he choose to go down that route:

“The thought that occurred to me, that really excited me about it, was that most sequels are about the return of a hero or a villain,” he said.

“You take this character that people loved once and you bring them back, and you have to create a new world around them. We have the exact opposite setup. We have the world, and you can drop whoever you want into that world and everyone feels connected to it.

“The reason I decided to go back, in the end, was this world is so rich, and it’s so much fun to explore. There are so many different things to see now.

“Everyone else in the world is experiencing this, so I’m curious to see what that looks like from another perspective.”

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