EXCLUSIVE: With Jeff Nichols leaving the project in October, Paramount Pictures has acted quickly for his replacement and appears to have found one of the city’s most sought-after rising stars. Sources tell Deadline that Pork director Michael Sarnoski is in negotiations to direct the next untitled installment in A quiet place franchise.
We don’t know much more about this project, other than that it is not a trio but rather a spin-off, based on an idea of John Krasinski, who directed and starred in the two first films. The hope is that this film would help to set up a potential Quiet place universe on which the studio can rely for years to come. It is also known that, while not being ruled out, Emily Blunt and Krasinski would likely not reprise their roles in this episode.
Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will produce via Platinum Dunes alongside Krasinski via his Sunday Night banner with his partner Allyson Seeger, who is an executive producer. A quiet place part II, the first theatrical release after the pandemic, which opened for $ 57 million at the domestic box office, grossed $ 297 million worldwide and scored 91% for Rotten Tomatoes.
As for Pork, this film came out last year and not only put Sarnoski on the directorial card, but also garnered the attention of some awards, especially for star Nicolas Cage, who is in discussion as a possible nominee for the Oscars.
The film has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Sarnoski received the National Board of Review Award for Best First Director, as well as a nomination for Best Feature at the Gotham Awards. He was also nominated for the Someone to Watch Award at the Independent Spirit Awards in addition to Best First Screenplay, as well as dozens of critics’ association nominations and wins.
Sarnoski is replaced by WME, MGMT Entertainment and attorney Derek Kroeger.