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Around this time last year, Get Out was the horror film everyone was talking about. It was universally celebrated by film critics and it is now A Quiet Place that is getting the same sort of love that Get Out received. John Krasinski stars in and also directed A Quiet Place and it is a film that is, so far, one of the biggest hits of 2018 from a critical and financial perspective. Indeed, it has the third-highest ever opening for a horror movie which is a great achievement, especially for an original film.
However, A Quiet Place may not have always been its own standalone, original story. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the screenwriters for the film, revealed to /Film that they originally thought about pitching A Quiet Place as a film set in the Cloverfield franchise. Here is what Scott Beck had to say on why Paramount decided against this idea:
“That was one of those things that, I guess it crossed our mind and we had spoken to our representatives about that possibility. It was weird timing, though, because when we were writing the script, 10 Cloverfield Lane was at Paramount. We were actually talking to an executive there about this film, and it felt from pitch form that there might be crossover, but when we finally took the final script in to Paramount, they saw it as a totally different movie. What was really incredible about the process that we feel very grateful for is the studio embraced this weird movie with no dialogue with open arms. They never thought about branding it as a Cloverfield film, I think in part because conceptually it was able to stand on its own.”
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