After the success of 'A Quiet Place', John Krasinski has another sci-fi thriller in the works
John Krasinski's directorial venture 'A Quiet Place' was received very well by critics and fans alike, scoring 96% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and is earning rave plaudits. As put succinctly by one critic, the movie is 'a superb exercise in understated terror that puts to shame "horror" films that rely on jump scares and cheap theatrics.'
The movie's excellence is reflected in its box office earnings as well, opening to an impressive $50.2 million and already grossing over a $100 million worldwide in the week following its release. Made on a modest budget of just $17 million, it's doubtful that either Krasinski or any of the producers expected such a frenzied response to the venture.
The film stars the multitalented actor and his real-life spouse Emily Blunt in the lead roles as they desperately attempt to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where the human population has been decimated by a race of sightless creatures with incredible hearing ability and has been called a 'smart, wickedly frightening good time.'
But Kransinski, who rose to fame for playing Jim Halpert in NBC's smash hit 'The Office,' is not willing to rest on his laurels. Instead, he's already planning for his next project, which Hollywood Reporter says will be based on a short story by Cecil Castellucci titled 'We Have Always Lived on Mars.'
The film, which is a sci-fi thriller, is reportedly titled 'Life on Mars' and is set to be produced by the same Platinum Dunes trio responsible for 'A Quiet Place' - Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller - as well as Kraskinski himself and Allyson Seeger, an executive at his Sunday Night Productions banner.
Paramount Pictures, which distributed the horror movie, is said to be in negotiations to pick up 'Life on Mars' as well but that's as far as the progress on the project goes. There is no writer on board for the movie yet and unlike 'A Quiet Place,' Krasinski is not expected to feature this undertaking.
'Life on Mars' follows the life a woman who is amongst a handful of descendants of a Martian colony that was abandoned by Earth after a cataclysm. The woman one day finds she can breathe the air on the musty red planet and the story progresses from there. Considering Krasinski spent close to 4 years working on the script of 'A Quiet Place,' fans can expect a similar level of dedication and perfection for this next project as well.