John Krasinski: ‘I didn’t want anything to do with A Quiet Place sequel’

John Krasinski originally refused to have anything to do with a sequel to his horror movie A Quiet Place.The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures…

John Krasinski originally refused to have anything to do with a sequel to his horror movie A Quiet Place.

The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, was a major hit with the critics and at the box office following its release in 2018, so studio bosses at Paramount wanted Krasinski, who wrote, directed and starred in the original, to make a follow-up.

However, Krasinski has revealed to Entertainment Weekly he was reluctant to sign on for the sequel and had to be persuaded that it would a good idea.

“I totally understood why the studio wanted to do a sequel for financial reasons,” he explained. “I didn’t want anything to do with it because, weirdly, as much as I’m the writer-director, I’m also a huge fan of this movie. I didn’t want to be a part of anything that would be viewed as a cash grab.”

However, once he sat down and went through possible ideas for a sequel, he was “Jedi-mindtricked into directing this thing”.

Now, Krasinski is dealing with “very core-level anxieties” as he works hard to get A Quiet Place Part II finished ahead of its release in March, and The Office star is hopeful that fans of the original will love the follow-up just as much as he does.

“I hope people think the movie is as good as I think it is, because I had the same anxieties that (the fans) did when I heard they were making a sequel: ‘Why are they doing that?’ Hopefully I answered that question,” he shared.

A Quiet Place Part II, starring Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt, returning stars Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, and new additions Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, is in cinemas from 20 March.

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Emily Blunt was terrified filming car stunt for A Quiet Place sequel

Emily Blunt was terrified while filming a high-speed car stunt for A Quiet Place: Part II. The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acut…

Emily Blunt was terrified while filming a high-speed car stunt for A Quiet Place: Part II.

The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, was a major hit with the critics and at the box office following its release in 2018. Accordingly, the British actress, along with her onscreen children Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds signed up to return for a sequel, to be directed once again by her husband John Krasinski.

The debut trailer for the sequel, released earlier this month, showed a flashback to the first day of alien invasion, with Blunt driving a car around town with her kids as passengers. Once an alien drops from the sky, she has to speed off down a road, until she encounters a runaway bus and has to reverse back down the road at speed with the bus on her tail.

But during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Mary Poppins Returns actress admitted the stunt was entirely practical and she just had to react while a stunt driver handled the car off-camera.

“I’m really proud of John for that shot because it was choreographed for two weeks,” she explained. “That is not a CGI bus, that is a real bus. And then there’s a stunt driver on the top of the car. And so really, my life is in his hands. So I said to him before, I looked up at him and I went ‘Well, I hope you’re good because my life is in your hands.’ And he just lent down and he went, ‘I’m the best.’ And he really was. But it’s sort of terrifying. I’ve never done a stunt like that.”

A Quiet Place: Part II, which features new castmembers such as Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, hits cinemas from 20 March.

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Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski set to star in Imaginary Friends

Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to star in new fantasy-comedy Imaginary Friends.According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will headline the upcoming project, which will be overseen by bosses at Paramount Pictures. Reynol…

Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to star in new fantasy-comedy Imaginary Friends.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will headline the upcoming project, which will be overseen by bosses at Paramount Pictures.

Reynolds is to have a starring role, while it was reported that Krasinski will write, direct, produce and act in the movie. Little is known about the plot, but it is expected to tell the story of a man who can see and communicate with people’s imaginary friends.

However, some of the imaginary friends who lack friendship turn to the dark side, with Reynolds’s character tasked with saving the world from those that are evil and threatening the world with their powers.

The project marks the 42-year-old’s second major casting in recent weeks. Reynolds is also attached to appear in a musical version of A Christmas Carol alongside Will Ferrell, with the movie to be directed by John Morris and written by Sean Anders.

He is now in the post-production phases of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Free Guy, and will soon begin filming Clue and Red Notice.

Meanwhile, Krasinski is currently working on A Quiet Place 2, the follow-up to his 2018 hit movie, with his wife Emily Blunt reprising her role as Evelyn Abbott, alongside Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Djimon Hounsou, and Cillian Murphy. The film is slated for release in March 2020. The 39-year-old was most recently seen onscreen in TV series Jack Ryan.

A potential release date for Imaginary Friends has not been announced.

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Djimon Hounsou replaces Brian Tyree Henry in A Quiet Place sequel

Djimon Hounsou has been drafted in to replace Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place.The Atlanta actor was cast in the horror follow-up earlier this year, but editors at Deadline have now revealed he has had to drop out of the project due to …

Djimon Hounsou has been drafted in to replace Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place.

The Atlanta actor was cast in the horror follow-up earlier this year, but editors at Deadline have now revealed he has had to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and has subsequently been replaced by the Captain Marvel actor.   

It is not known what character Henry had been set to play, though it was thought to be a “big role” alongside returning castmembers Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds, who portray the Abbott family, as well as newcomer, Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy, who will reportedly play “a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit.”   

The 2018 film followed the Abbott family and their attempts to survive in silence in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters hunt by sound. The plot of the sequel, which is set for release in March 2020, is currently unknown.    

John Krasinski, who is returning to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with his original collaborators Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, marked the beginning of filming in July by sharing a picture of the clapperboard on Twitter, meaning Henry’s exit may have been rather last minute.   

However, this isn’t the first time Hounsou has been drafted in as a replacement – he was cast as the wizard in DC’s Shazam! after This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.  

Hounsou, 55, has been landing roles in major blockbusters in recent years, with appearances in Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Shazam! and Furious 7. He will next be seen Kingsman: The Secret Service prequel, The King’s Man, and in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.  

Henry is currently filming a project with Jennifer Lawrence and is set to play Phastos in Marvel’s Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. 

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade are surprise winners at WGA Awards

Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade were the surprise winners at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards on Sunday night (17Feb19). Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a c…

Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade were the surprise winners at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards on Sunday night (17Feb19).

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a comedy-drama inspired by the memoir by late biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel, starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. The Oscar-nominated duo beat the writers of Black Panther, A Star is Born and Oscar frontrunners If Beale Could Talk and BlacKkKlansman.

The big shock of the night was Bo Burnham picking up Best Original Screenplay for Eighth Grade over A Quiet Place and Oscar nominees Roma, Vice and Green Book. The surprise win made Eighth Grade the first film to win the WGA Original Screenplay award without being nominated for an Academy Award since Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine in 2003.

Taking to the stage, Burnham, who also directed the film, joked about being the underdog and praised his young actress, Golden Globe nominee Elsie Fisher.

“To the other nominees in the category – Have fun at the Oscars, losers!” he joked. “No, I prepared nothing. This all belongs to Elsie Fisher who performed the script. No one would care about the script if she hadn’t done it.”

Burham previously won the First-Time Feature Film category at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards and the film is up for four Independent Spirit Awards prizes, but has been largely overlooked at the big award ceremonies.

In the TV categories, The Americans landed the Best Drama Series prize and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel picked up the Comedy Series gong, while The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story was named Best Adapted Longform Series, and the Stephen King-inspired thriller Castle Rock scored the Original Longform Series award.

The awards were handed out in bi-coastal ceremonies. The WGA East held its ceremony at the Edison Ballroom in New York, while the WGA West staged its bash at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The main list of winners is as follows:

Original Screenplay:

Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade

Adapted Screenplay:

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Documentary Screenplay:

Ozzy Inguanzo and Dava Whisenant – Bathtubs Over Broadway

TV Drama Series:

The Americans

TV Comedy Series:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best New Series:

Barry

Longform – Original:

Castle Rock

Longform – Adapted:

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Shortform New Media – Original:

Class of Lies

Shortform New Media – Adapted:

The Walking Dead: Red Machete

Animation:

The Simpsons: Bart’s Not Dead

Episodic Drama:

Homeland: Paean to the People

Episodic Comedy:

Barry

Comedy/Variety Talk Series:

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

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John Krasinski and Emily Blunt leaned on each other during A Quiet Place shoot

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt were grateful to have each other to lean on while filming his directorial debut A Quiet Place. The actors, who are parents to two daughters, played a couple trying to protect their children from monsters that were attrac…

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt were grateful to have each other to lean on while filming his directorial debut A Quiet Place.

The actors, who are parents to two daughters, played a couple trying to protect their children from monsters that were attracted to sound in the movie and John explains it was the first time his wife felt real fear while acting because it made her think about their kids.

“When we first started talking about it, Emily said it would be the scariest role she’d ever played,” he tells Deadline. “I asked her why. She said, ‘Up until now, every performance has been pretending. Professional pretending. This is the first time I’ve had the same fears as my character.’ Not that monsters would come out of the woods to eat the kids, but that thought of, what if I wasn’t there in my kids’ moment of need? It was our biggest fear.”

However, the couple had each other to lean on.

“It was unilaterally helpful for me, because I had everything going for me with her,” John continues. “I had someone who could deliver a performance when we were running out of time, running out of budget. She would hit her mark, and hit her performance every single time. I had that. I also had someone that, after she did her scenes, would stay around, and not only be there for me, but be there for the entire cast and crew… She was my best collaborator…”

“I feel the same,” Emily adds. “I think that we do collaborate really well. It turns out we do work really well together. There were scenes that were certainly traumatic to do… and you can’t help but be upset by some of those scenes when you’re doing them. They creep under your skin before you know it. But I do feel that John and I are able to find levity in most places…”

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John Krasinski: ‘Deaf co-star helped make A Quiet Place extra special’

John Krasinski has credited his deaf A Quiet Place co-star Millicent Simmonds with turning the horror movie into a smash, because she gave it authenticity. The actor, who also wrote and directed the film, told Deadline’s recent The Contenders London a…

John Krasinski has credited his deaf A Quiet Place co-star Millicent Simmonds with turning the horror movie into a smash, because she gave it authenticity.

The actor, who also wrote and directed the film, told Deadline’s recent The Contenders London awards-season event that he knew he needed to cast a hearing impaired child star as his character’s daughter.

“In my first call to (studio bosses at) Paramount I said, ‘I have to cast a deaf actress for all the reasons, not just the obvious one, to get an organic performance’,” John explained, “but also I wanted a partner in crime. I wanted her to walk me through her life.

“To say she is special is an understatement. We believe she’s an angel.”

Krasinski, who is currently working on a sequel, cast his real-life wife Emily Blunt as his movie partner in A Quiet Place and when they wrapped on the project, they knew they had created something very special.

“This movie has changed my life in every single way, not just my career; I’ve not given my total sense to anything before, and I don’t mean that I’ve been lazy, but there was something extremely personal about this movie,” he said. “I said to my wife, ‘I don’t think it ever will be like this again’. And my wife, who is a brilliant sage, said, ‘Of course there won’t. This is special and we did it together and there was something about it for your daughters’.”

The Jack Ryan star admits he studied classic horror films as he started work on A Quiet Place: “I wanted this film to have a throwback feel; even though I didn’t watch horror as a kid growing up, I certainly watched everything in preparation for this but I did see Aliens, Jaws, Hitchcock movies and Rosemary’s Baby, and there was something about the tension of not knowing what was coming.”

A Quiet Place has grossed over $330 million (£252 million) at the box office.

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John Krasinski played the aliens in A Quiet Place

John Krasinski has revealed that he played the fearsome aliens in his hit movie A Quiet Place.The 38-year-old directed and helped write the screenplay for the horror film, in which he also alongside his wife of eight years, Emily Blunt. In the feature,…

John Krasinski has revealed that he played the fearsome aliens in his hit movie A Quiet Place.

The 38-year-old directed and helped write the screenplay for the horror film, in which he also alongside his wife of eight years, Emily Blunt. In the feature, a family are forced to live as quietly as possible in order to protect themselves from a clan of extraterrestrial creatures which hunt by sound. And as if John didn’t have enough jobs to do, he also secretly agreed to portray the monsters on screen.

“Nobody knows it because I’ve kept it quiet,” Krasinski said when he appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (16Oct18), before going on to explain that he wore a full-body motion capture suit in order to provide much of the physical performance.

His extra role came at the suggestion of his co-workers on set, who believed John would be the best person to help bring the characters to life.

“The amazing people at (Industrial Light and Magic, a visual effects company) asked, ‘So how does the creature move?’,” the film star recalled. “And I said, ‘Well, this is how I think he’s gonna crawl’, and they said, ‘Well, why don’t you throw on the suit?’ And I was like, ‘Totally!’

“Then they took that picture and I thought I was auditioning for Lion King,” he added with a laugh.

The father-of-two also admitted that he was slightly apprehensive about working with his wife in a professional capacity. However, after the Sicario star insisted that she read the script while the couple were on a plane together, there was no going back.

“It was like a romantic comedy, where she was like proposing to me. She was like, ‘You have to let me play this part.’ And I think I just screamed ‘yes’ on this flight,” John smiled.

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A Quiet Place producer confirms sequel

John Krasinski is set to revisit the eerie silence of hit horror movie A Quiet Place for a sequel. The Office star and his wife Emily Blunt fronted the spooky 2018 movie, which Krasinski also created and directed, and now producer Andrew Form has conf…

John Krasinski is set to revisit the eerie silence of hit horror movie A Quiet Place for a sequel.

The Office star and his wife Emily Blunt fronted the spooky 2018 movie, which Krasinski also created and directed, and now producer Andrew Form has confirmed there will be a follow-up – but there’s no rush to start production.

He told Collider, “He (Krasinski is) definitely involved. We’re lucky on this one. I’ve had movies where the studio says to you, ‘Here’s your date. Let’s go!’ and on this one we’re not rushing anything, which is amazing.

“So we’re gonna take our time, we’re gonna figure out where to go, but there is no rush on it and we’re just starting to talk about it. We’re figuring out what everyone’s involvement is going to be and what the actual next movie is going to be. The first one is so special to us that we really want to take our time with this and not rush anything.”

Form adds, “It’s easy to rush these and we’ve made movies in the past where we’ve rushed them through and we’ve felt it, and we just don’t wanna do it on this one. We really don’t. We really just wanna take our time and as long as it takes, it takes. It has to be the right story, just like the first one.”

The criticallly-acclaimed horror movie, which first hit cinemas in April (18), was shot with a budget of $17 to $21 million (GBP12.8 million to GBP15.9 million). It had made over $210 million (GBP159 million) worldwide.

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A Quiet Place returns to North American box office number one

Horror movie A Quiet Place has crept back to the top of the North American box office. The John Krasinski and Emily Blunt film, about a family which has to live in silence in order to hide from monsters which hunt by sound, initially topped the chart …

Horror movie A Quiet Place has crept back to the top of the North American box office.

The John Krasinski and Emily Blunt film, about a family which has to live in silence in order to hide from monsters which hunt by sound, initially topped the chart upon its release in early April (18), before making way for Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage blockbuster last week (ends15Apr18).

However, A Quiet Place has now climbed back to number one, grossing an impressive $22 million (£15.7 million) in its third week in theatres, taking its domestic total to $132 million (£94.3 million) to date.

Monster movie Rampage drops to two with $21 million (£15 million), while Amy Schumer’s new comedy, I Feel Pretty, enters the countdown at three with $16.2 million (£11.6 million).

Making its debut at four is Super Troopers 2, the crowd-funded sequel to the 2002 cult comedy classic, which opens with a strong $14.7 million (£10.5 million), despite a poor reception from critics, while Lucy Hale’s teen thriller Truth or Dare rounds out the top five with $7.9 million (£5.6 million) in its second week on release.

The relatively quiet box office week comes as film fans brace themselves for the launch of Avengers: Infinity War on Friday (27Apr18). The superhero blockbuster is expected to smash the $200 million (£142.8 million) barrier in its opening weekend.

However, it’s not the only Marvel movie making waves ahead of its release – Deadpool 2 is already breaking presale records on Fandango, where it became the third-best advance ticket seller of the year (18), behind Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, just 24 hours after sales began.

It is also on track to become the most in-demand R-rated movie in the company’s 18-year history, taking the title from 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, reports Deadline.com.

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