Jeff Nichols exits the new A Quiet Place movie, leaving the spin-off currently without a director.

When Jeff Nichols, the Mud director, was named as the helmer of the spin-off movie to broaden the cinematic world of A Quiet Place, John Krasinski – the director of the first two films – was keen to point out that Nichols was his first choice. Unfortunately, Krasinski, Micheal Bay and the project’s other producers are going to need to look for a second choice now, as Jeff Nichols has parted ways with the project.

The split is said to be amicable, with Nichols simply becoming more interested in a science fiction project he is developing at Paramount. Whether this means that the script, which Nichols submitted back in the summer, will be rewritten is unknown. But the story of the spin-off itself is based on an idea by Krasinski.

Whilst little has been given away, the filmmaker has teased where the next film might go, with a single brief line referencing the end of A Quiet Place II, which we obviously aren’t going to spoil here. If you have however seen the end of that film, Krasinki’s oblique statement may make sense to you, with the filmmaker only saying that concerning the events of the end of that film, “will they be responsible with it, or will they not be responsible with it?”

As for the next director for the spin-off movie, it is a case of wait and see. Perhaps Krasinski will ultimately return to make a third movie, or maybe producing partner Michael Bay will leap in to fill the void. Could Michael Bay even make a movie where there’s no loud noises for long stretches of time? If nothing else, it is an interesting thought experiment…

We’ll let you know more as we hear it.

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