Paramount's A Quiet Place has taken the box office by storm, over-performing in a huge way to debut with an impressive $50.2 million, more than doubling its $17 million budget. Now, producer Andrew Form is revealing new details about the development process. The film marks the directorial debut for John Krasinski, who also re-wrote the original script by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, which, according to Form, had a much different opening than what fans saw in theaters. If you still haven't seen A Quiet Place yet, there will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
A Quiet Place opens in a rather surprising fashion, with Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) and his family, wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and kids Reagan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward) out looking for supplies. When the youngest, Beau, finds a space shuttle toy, it's taken away from him by Lee, who tells him, through sign language, that it's too loud, but his sister Reagan gives him the toy, without the batteries. What Reagan didn't see is that Beau took the batteries as well, and when the youngster activates the toy, he's taken by one of the massive creatures that hunts its prey by sound. When asked about the opening, producer Andrew Form had this to say, revealing there were previously flashbacks in the script where the characters talked.
"Initially, there were flashbacks where the characters talked. Also, the sibling's death was handled in a flashback. John was adamant that we get rid of it, making it present day and kept the urgency of the storytelling."
Andrew Form also spoke about the original script they received from Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, revealing that it was only 67 pages long, including "drawings and a map," and of those 67 pages, there were only three or four pages of dialogue. Form said he started reading the script the day they received it, while adding that Krasinski himself came up with the idea that this family, "poured beach sand everywhere and they walk on the sand paths for silence." While the producer added that Krasinski may not have been the most obvious choice to direct the film, Form knew he was the right man for the job quickly.
"Once he started talking about the material, we saw that his insights were really smart and we were inspired. Our company was founded by Michael Bay after Jerry Bruckheimer gave him his first opportunity. So in essence, our company was founded on supporting first- and second-time filmmakers. We give them a level of protection that they might not otherwise have. You could ask John any question about an object on set. 'Why is that chair there?' He would instantly have a detailed answer as to how it related to the Abbot family and why it was there. You couldn't stump him."
Andrew Form added in his interview with The Hollywood Reporter that this was the first movie he has made where there wasn't a lengthy audition process. He added that Millicent Simmonds, who is actually deaf, taught the rest of the cast sign language during the production. He also added that they essentially shot the script as is, and this is the first movie Platinum Dunes has shot where there was no deleted scenes adding that the "studio was worried about what they'll put on the DVD."