I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right, it might not seem like much, especially when compared to the gargantuan opening of the MCU’s third Avengers installment. Nevertheless, the success of John Krasinski’s near-silent horror film, made on a budget of just $17 million, has been a godsend for the studio, which has struggled at the ticket booth for well over a year.
As a result of the film’s $236 million worldwide gross, Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos announced during the studio’s CinemaCon presentation last week that a sequel is indeed in the works. However, A Quiet Place 2 won’t be the only low-budget horror to enter production for Paramount this year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alexander Aja, director of High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha 3D, will helm a new, “self-contained thriller” for the studio entitled, Crawl.
The project, which is already in pre-production, will see genre auteur Sam Raimi, director of the original Spider-Man trilogy and The Evil Dead series, serve as producer alongside Craig Flores, who presided over Zack Snyder’s fantasy epic, 300.
Initially penned by Shawn and Michael Rasmussen as a spec, with Aja having completed the most recent draft of the script, Crawl finds a young woman trapped inside a flooding house and fighting for her life against a Category 5 hurricane, while struggling to rescue her father.
Originally in development at Lakeshore and Annapurna, Crawl does not currently have a release date, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted when that changes. In the meantime, take to the comments section and let us know if Aja/Raimi is a pairing that excites you.