John Krasinski has his eye on his next project, Life on Mars, which will reunite him with the producers of A Quiet Place. The horror film was a surprise box office smash, opening to $50 million on only a $17 million dollar budget. It also earned Krasinski rave reviews from critics, fans, and fellow celebrities alike.
The film tells the story of a family fighting for their survival against alien creatures who hunt based on sound. Krasinski not only directed the film, but also co-wrote the screenplay along with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods and stars alongside his real life wife Emily Blunt. It’s a tense thriller that uses silence, music, and sound design in unique ways to bring the viewer into the world of the film, including inside the perspective of Regan, the deaf daughter of Krasinski’s character played by deaf actress Millicent Simmonds. Krasinski pushed for Simmond’s casting, which adds another layer of terror and realism to the film.
With one hit already on his hands Krasinski is now turning his attention towards his next project. According to THR, that project will be Life on Mars, an adaptation of a short story by Cecil Castellucci. The original story is called, “We Have Always Lived on Mars” and focuses on a woman who is one of the few descendants of a Martian colony that has been abandoned by Earth following a cataclysmic event. When one day she discovers she can breathe the air on Mars, it changes the lives of her and her fellow colonists. The sci-fi film will reunite Krasinski with his A Quiet Place producers Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. So far there is no writer attached to the project and Krasinski is not expected to star. According to The Tracking Board, Krasinski is also not expected to direct.
As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That seems to be exactly what Parmount is doing here. They have a bonafid hit on their hands so it makes sense to bring the team back together for another film. The success has already lead to talk of a sequel for A Quiet Place. All this just goes to show how much audiences want to see more unique, original screenplays with big ideas and how directors and studios shouldn’t be afraid to give it to them.
Despite the back and forth of whether or not A Quiet Place was ever considered to be included in the Cloverfield Universe, it’s clear that Krasinski has a grasp of what makes for a great scary sci-fi flick. And with that ending, a female survival story set on another planet is just what fans of A Quiet Place should want to see next from the budding producer/director.
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