It appears that John Krasinski’s post-apocalyptic horror film, ‘A Quiet Place: Part II,’ has been delayed again due to the still looming threat of COVID-19.
The film was originally scheduled to be released on March 08, 2020 and even received a premiere screening in New York City before it was decided to pull the film in the eleventh-hour due to the then growing threat of the virus.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the film’s star, Emily Blunt, spoke about the decision to delay the film’s release:
“At some point, it became very clear that the writing was on the wall, and [John] insisted that we pull the movie. He called the studio saying, ‘You need to pull it right now. We’re not bringing this movie out.’ And then before too long, everyone was inside and I think it was surreal for everybody, not just for us.”
Following this initial delay, the film was moved to September 04, 2020.
When it became apparent that theatres would not be reopening their doors by this date, the film was again pushed back, this time to 2021.
The film was next given a release date of April 23, 2021.
But, with COVID numbers still on the rise and the majority of theatre doors still closed in North America, Paramount Pictures has once again decided to delay the film, this time to September 17, 2021.
Paramount has made the decision to move some of their titles to streaming services rather than holding out for a theatrical release. The decision to hold out on ‘A Quiet Place: Part II’ could have something to do with the fact that the original was an unexpected hit for Paramount, earning $340 million worldwide on a reported budget of $17 million.
The film was also screened prior to its initial delay to positive reviews, which could also be influencing Paramount’s decision to keep the film slated for a theatrical release.
Below are a couple of the initial reviews.
IndieWire’s Kate Erbland stated:
“A Quiet Place Part II is a worthy, world-expanding follow-up that builds on the original and finds its own thrills, chills, and emotions in the process.”
Erik Davis of Fandango wrote:
“Damn, A Quiet Place Part II rocks! Honestly, just as tense and terrifying as the first one. There are some sequences in this film that are a masterclass in suspense. Bravo, John Krasinski. So good, so emotional, too.”
Chris Killian of Comicbook.com gave the following review:
“The use of sound in A Quiet Place Part 2 is still so vital. In what could easily have been a retread, John Krasinski finds unbelievably creative ways to keep the movie’s niche from getting stale. The entire cast is fantastic and it’s riveting from top to bottom.”
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