After The Office ended in 2013, series regular John Krasinski was hellbent on doing something that proved he wasn’t just a workplace funny man. He took roles in Michael Bay’s military drama 13 Hours, co-starred in the tearjerking indie dramedy The Hollars which he also directed, took the lead role in Amazon’s Jack Ryan series, and wrote, directed and starred in A Quiet Place. Now Krasinski is finally stepping back into the world of comedy, and he’ll have some welcome company.
Variety has word on Imaginary Friends lining up Krasinski and Reynolds to star. Paramount picked up the script in a bidding war, beating out Lionsgate and Sony for the deal. Their enthusiasm was probably bolstered by how successful A Quiet Place was for them.
In addition to starring, Krasinski is also slated to write, direct and produce, expanding his career behind the camera. Krasinski hasn’t actually directed a straight-up comedy feature yet. The Hollars comes close since it does have a good amount of laughs in it, thought it’s also one of those heartfelt indie family dramas at its core. But Krasinski did direct three episodes of The Office while he was on the show, so he’s no stranger to directing comedy. Though this movie sounds like it might have a bit of a darker side.
Imaginary Friends follows a man who can see and talk to people’s imaginary friends, though we’re not sure whether Krasinski or Reynolds is playing that role. The premise sounds fun, but there’s trouble around the corner as some of the imaginary friends who have lost their real buddies start to turn to the dark side. That sounds rather ominous, but this is a fantasy comedy, so we’re probably not talking about these imaginary friends murdering people all willy-nilly, right?
Perhaps back during The Office days you never thought the guy who played Jim Halpert would ever become an action star in Michael Bay movies and Tom Clancy shows. Nor, maybe, did you think he would segue into a director of hit horror movies. Well, here’s another twist in the strange, zig-zagging career of John Krasinski: He’s writing, directing and co-starring in Imaginary Friend, a fantasy comedy that will also pair him with Ryan Reynolds.
This comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who claim that Krasinski’s follow-up to the A Quiet Place sequel — which presumably won’t feature him except maybe in flashbacks — will be a definite change of pace: He’ll be going back to his comedy roots, although it’s Reynolds who will be playing the lead, which THR describes as “Dr. Dolittle-like,” someone who “can see and talk to people’s imaginary friends, befriending those that have been forgotten or discarded.”
Before he re-branded as the maker of “elevated horror,” Krasinski had directed two very, very different films: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, a star-studded and ambitious take on David Foster Wallace’s themed-essay collection, followed by The Hollars, and also star-studded comedy about a dying matriarch played by character actress Margot Martindale.
Imaginary friends rarely get a good rap in horror movies, and Daniel Isn’t Real is no exception. But the twist with Adam Egypt Mortimer‘s psychedelic doppelganger thriller is that the imaginary friend in question here is an edgy teen Patrick Schwarzenegger who starts to wreak havoc on the life of troubled student Luke Miles Robbins, who has been given some very bad advice from his therapist. Watch the Daniel Isn’t Real trailer below.
Daniel Isn’t Real Trailer
The producers of Mandy are back to give us another psychedelic thriller with Daniel Isn’t Real, which follows Luke Robbins as he reconnects with a childhood imaginary friend to open up to other people. But he finds that his once childish imaginary friend is now a psychotic teen who at first emboldens him to party and talk to girls, but soon starts to take over his life in very real, and very violent ways. Sasha Lane also stars as Luke’s artist girlfriend who first notices a “dangerous shadow” constantly lurking behind him. It’s all quite ominous before it turns bloody and brutal — Daniel Isn’t Real isn’t for the faint of heart with its trippy, reality-bending imagery and gory violence.
Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer from a screenplay by Mortimer and Brian DeLeeuw, Daniel Isn’t Real looks like a riff off of Fight Club, with the horror aspects turned way up. It’s based upon the novel In This Way I Was Saved by DeLeeuw and made its world premiere at South by Southwest earlier this March where it was met with plenty of rave reviews.
That's a wrap! Director John Krasinski has revealed that filming has wrapped on A Quiet Place 2. Filming began over the summer in July and, even though this has become a very high-profile project, given how popular the first movie was, few details have been revealed throughout the production process. Krasinski isn't prepared to spill the beans just yet, but he did share one final set photo to honor the occasion. Taking to Twitter, he shared the photo with the following caption.
"Well... that's a wrap on #PartII See you on March 20th!"
The photo itself is intriguing. It features who appear to be John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, who is returning to reprise her role from the first movie and also happens to be his real-life wife. The two are walking hand-in-hand on a bridge. Interestingly, this photo, at least on first glance, looks like they're returning to where everything started, as this bridge looks very much like the same bridge that A Quiet Place's memorable first major scene takes place near.
If it is indeed the very same bridge, that means we could be seeing some familiar locations pop up in the sequel. For now, story details are being kept fully under wraps. What we know for sure is that, aside from Emily Blunt, both Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds will be reprising their roles from the original as well. New cast members include Cillian Murphy Batman Begins, Peaky Blinders and Djimon Hounsou Captain Marvel, Shazam. Much like the plot, the nature of their roles is being kept secretive, for the time being.
John Krasinski, who was previously known best as Jim from The Office, made the unlikely turn as a blockbuster horror director with A Quiet Place. Written by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, Krasinski was brought on board to bring the inventive story about mysterious creatures who hunt using sound to life. The result proved to be a truly massive success, far greater than anyone had expected. The movie was widely embraced by critics and audiences alike, which led to a global $340 million haul at the box office. Considering the movie's comparatively tiny $17 million budget, a sequel was given the green light very quickly.
Related: A Quiet Place 2 Will Answer Some Monster Origin Questions
Writers Beck and Woods opted to pursue original projects and took a smaller role in the sequel. The studio was intent on keeping as much of the team together as possible, and John Krasinksi returned to both direct and write the screenplay this time around. Hopefully, now that production is finished, and with the release date creeping up, we'll be getting a teaser trailer landing online in the near future. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. A Quiet Place 2 is set to hit theaters on March 20, 2020. Be sure to check out the photo from John Krasinski's Twitter account for yourself.
Well... that’s a wrap on #PartII See you on March 20th! pic.twitter.com/9u4xcFjm5n
— John Krasinski @johnkrasinski September 25, 2019
John Krasinski is strengthening his relationship with Amazon.
The actor and filmmaker, who stars in and executive produces Jack Ryan on the tech giant's Prime Video streaming platform, has signed a three-year first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios. Under the deal, Krasinski's Sunday Night production banner — which includes partner Allyson Seeger and development and production executive Alexa Ginsburg — will work with the studio on developing projects to debut worldwide on Prime Video.
"With his incredible authenticity and versatility, John Krasinski has brought to life some of entertainment's most recognizable roles, including our own hero Jack Ryan," said Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke. "John's talents extend behind the screen as a prolific writer, director and producer with a keen eye for creating original characters and stories with global appeal. We welcome John, Allyson, Alexa and the rest of the Sunday Night team to the family and can't wait to see what they bring to our Amazon Prime Video customers all over the world.”
Salke and Krasinski have a long-standing relationship: Salke was president of NBC Entertainment during the final few seasons of The Office, which was Krasinski's breakout role.
"Everyone at Sunday Night is very excited to continue our partnership with Amazon Studios," said Krasinski and Seeger. Krasinski added, "Jen has been a friend and collaborator since back in my Office days, and her vision and expectation for what she wants Amazon Studios to become is exactly where we want to be."
Krasinski joins a sizable roster of high-profile talent to sign overall and first-look deals at Amazon, including Marvelous Mrs. Maisel EPs Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino and star Rachel Brosnahan, Nicole Kidman, Jordan Peele, Westworld's Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan who moved from Warner Bros. TV, Bloodline and Damages co-creator Glenn Kessler and Daniel Dae Kim.
Krasinski is currently at work on A Quiet Place: Part II, the sequel to the horror hit he directed and co-wrote. Season two of Jack Ryan, from Amazon Studios, Paramount Television and Skydance Television, is due on Amazon "soon," the company says; the series has already been picked up for a third season. He is repped by WME, ID and James Adams.
Warning: A Quiet Place spoilers from the first movie will be found below.
Given that John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place became a sleeper horror hit, it’s no surprise not only that a sequel’s in the works, but that he’s back for Paramount Pictures as director and writer. Obviously, his lead character cannot return for a second installment, but Emily Blunt might be back as his widow. And there will be some reported new human cast members, Cillian Murphy and Brian Tyree, the latter of whom suggested that the sequel will for better or worse? explore the origins of the monsters who prey through their sense of sound. On Monday morning, Krasinski marked the official start of filming by tweeting a photo.
— John Krasinski @johnkrasinski July 15, 2019
Maybe Krasinski can come back and play the monsters again? Knowing that he’s back onscreen in any form might be a comfort to viewers, and isn’t it wild that we’re living in a world where two very funny men, John Krasinski and Jordan Peele, are working towards world domination of the horror genre? That might be a slight exaggeration, but they’ve both moved past the usual tropes and vaulted into the stratosphere with original stories that they’ve executed to chilling effect. Not bad for Jim from The Office and one half of a Comedy Central duo - they’ve both escaped their small-screen boxes and moved into bold new and terrifying frontiers.
A Quiet Place 2 will arrive in theaters on May 15, 2020.