In a sign that studios might be feeling optimistic about COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Paramount has moved up the release of “A Quiet Place Part II” from September to Memorial Day weekend.
The move was announced Thursday evening by director John Krasinski. “They always say good things come to those who wait. Well… I think we’ve waited long enough. A QUIET PLACE PART II MEMORIAL DAY,” Krasinski tweeted.
The sequel to the surprise 2018 horror hit was originally scheduled for release in March 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic that really kicked in that same month. Since then, “A Quiet Place Part II” has changed release dates several times as the pandemic showed no signs of abating. In April 2020, it was slated for Sept. 4 of that year; then last July, Paramount pushed it to April 23, 2021. And just 6 weeks ago, as COVID cases were once again surging in the U.S., Paramount moved it to Sept. 26.
So what changed? Krasinski didn’t say in his announcement, but we’re guessing it has something to do with President Biden’s announcement earlier this week that the U.S. is on track to have enough doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to cover every adult by May.
“A Quiet Place” made $340.9 million worldwide on just a $17 million budget for Paramount in 2018, with just under 45% of that total coming from international markets. The sequel brings back Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe as they continue to fight for survival against monsters that have invaded Earth, with total silence as their only means for avoiding detection.