A Quiet Place director and star John Krasinski explained how he was convinced to return for A Quiet Place 2 and how it won't be a traditional sequel. Initially there were no plans to return for a sequel, but Paramount managed to get Krasinski back in the writing position. The original film was a hit with fans and critics alike so it was no surprise when a sequel was announced, and A Quiet Place 2 is scheduled to be released in May 2020. It is not yet known whether any characters from the first film will return for the sequel, but that hasn't stopped Krasinski from teasing how the follow-up will differ from the original.
A Quiet Place was set in a post-alien invasion society where every survivor has learned to live without making a sound. The film focuses on the Abbott family and how they have adapted to the unexpected change in the world. Krasinski Starred as the patriarch of the family, Lee Abbott. Alongside Krasinski was his real-life wife Emily Blunt, who starred as Evelyn Abbot, the matriarch of the family. Together, the couple were figuring out how to raise their children, played by Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds. It was only last month that Krasinski expressed his plans to pen A Quiet Place 2, but he more recently offered additional insight into why he decided to return.
During The Big Picture Podcast, Krasinski addressed how most sequels stick to a formula involving a certain villain, or hero and how he felt this was where most sequels fell down in quality. He continued on to explain his sequel will not be a retread the original, stating:
“Why I had this little idea that’s now gotten bigger is most sequels are about a villain returning or a hero returning, and you have to build this entire world around just the idea that I have a hero or a villain. That’s a lot, and I think that’s where a lot of sequels go wrong because as much as you love that hero or villain, the entire thing is fabricated just to make that person work. With A Quiet Place 2, we have the world. So it’s actually the world that’s built, it’s the idea that the rest of the world is going through this exact same experience. Are there other people that have to survive like this? It’s that idea of living through the set of circumstances, not again in the same way obviously, but exploring it more. You only got to do it intimately for a small amount of time, so what happens next?”
There were rumblings of the sequel possibly focusing on a different family in the Quiet Place universe and it seems that will ultimately be the route A Quiet Place 2 takes. In the original film, it was made clear that other survivors existed in the area around the Abbott family. That doesn't mean the sequel will focus on one of those groups, but it does suggest there are a plethora of surviving groups around the nation trying to maneuver through the overtaken alien society. One thing is for certain if Krasinski's character appears in the film: It will have to be in the form of a flashback or hallucination. Similar to the AMC TV show The Walking Dead - which also depicts a futuristic human society rebuilding after being destroyed by non-human enemies - Krasinski has penned a universe to explore, and that seems to be what will happen.
A Quiet Place was one of the better cinematic experiences from this year, and when a concrete story for the sequel is announced, it will definitely have fans talking. The original film introduced audiences to a world in turmoil, and now it seems the sequel will be exploring it even further, according to Krasinski. Of course, some may wish the sequel explored what happened before the world was invaded, allowing for the first film's characters to return. But, even if the sequel focuses on a different set of people, that doesn't eliminate a potential return for the Abbotts entirely.
Source: The Big Picture Podcast