It’s good to be John Kransinski right now. All it took was one hit horror film to launch Krasinski from an actor who occasionally directs to the new hot multi hyphenate in Hollywood. Until now more known for his work on “The Office” than his independent movies “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” and “The Hollars,” Krasinski is in a whole new world now. “A Quiet Place” has set him up as potentially the next Ben Affleck, and he’s not going to take long before getting back behind the camera. In fact, he already has his follow up to the current box office champion lined up.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Krasinski has signed on to direct an adaptation of the short story “We Have Always Lived on Mars.” Called “Life on Mars” now, it’s a science fiction story with lots of potential and a thriller premise. There’s also a female lead as the main character, which is always a plus. He gave his wife Emily Blunt a plum role in “A Quiet Place,” so he has a strong eye for supporting female centric cinema. Especially if this one hits, look for the actor/filmmaker to have Hollywood at his fingertips.
THR had this to say in their story:
John Krasinski has found his follow-up to A Quiet Place, the surprise hit he directed and stars in with his wife, Emily Blunt, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Krasinski and the producers of A Quiet Place — Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller — are reteaming for Life on Mars.
Paramount, which distributed the horror movie, is in negotiations to pick up the project.
There is no writer on board and Krasinski, at this stage, is not expected to star. He will also be a producer on the project, alongside Allyson Seeger, an executive at his Sunday Night Productions banner.
The project will adapt a short story by Cecil Castellucci titled We Have Always Lived on Mars that centers on a woman who is among a handful of descendants of a Martian colony long-abandoned by Earth following a cataclysm. The woman one day finds she can breathe the air on Mars, upending her world and that of her fellow colonists.
Krasinski found the story and brought it to his Platinum Dunes cohorts, sources say.
Here is the Amazon plot summary for the short story:
Nina, one of the few descendants of human colony on Mars that was abandoned by Earth, is surprised to discover that she can breathe the toxic atmosphere of the Martian surface. The crew, thinking that their attempts at terraforming and breeding for Martian adaptability have finally payed off, rejoice at the prospect of a brighter future. But Nina’s about to unlock the mystery of the disaster that stranded them on Mars… and nothing will ever be the same.
It’s still very early on here, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Krasinski cast Blunt in the lead role. Time will tell, but “A Quiet Place” suggests that this is a project to be on the lookout for as it develops.