John Krasinski Pegs ‘Life on Mars’ as Directing Follow-Up to ‘A Quiet Place’

Paramount is also in negotiations to pick up sci-fi project

On the heels of a successful turn in the director’s chair, John Krasinski has found his next project behind the camera.

Krasinski is set to team up with “A Quiet Place” producers Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller to direct “Life on Mars,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The film, which doesn’t yet have a writer, will be adapted from a short story by Cecil Castellucci titled “We Have Always Lived on Mars.”

The plot centers on a woman who is one of the few descendants of a human colony on Mars that was abandoned by Earth and learns that she is able to breathe the toxic atmosphere of the Martian surface. Her discovery upends her world, and that of her fellow colonists.

Paramount is also in negotiations to pick up “Life on Mars,” which Krasinski is not expected to appear in as an actor.

“A Quiet Place” has been a welcome hit for Paramount, the studio that distributed the horror film. Costing a modest $17 million to produce, it earned more than $50 million in its opening weekend.

Krasinski is set for the starring role of Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” TV series where he’ll play a CIA analyst (Jack Ryan) thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time.

That show is set to debut in late August.