THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – SXSW has announced the feature film lineup for the 25th edition of the Austin-based festival, which will open with the world premiere of horror thriller A Quiet Place from director John Krasinski.
Other headliner screenings include the Kay Cannon comedy Blockers, starring John Cena and Leslie Mann, and Geoffrey Rush-led The Final Portrait from director Stanley Tucci. Christopher Plummer’s family dramedy Boundaries and Daryl Hannah’s Paradox will also debut.
Comedy Write When You Get Work, Jim Cummings’ Thunder Road and Melanie Lynskey starrer Sadie are among the films in the narrative feature competition, while the doc competition will see screenings of titles that tackle everything from Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista revolution to transgender persons in the military.
The full lineup will include 43 films from first-time filmmakers, along with 82 world premieres. New this year is an independent episodic section, an expansion of the fest’s episodic section that, this year, will feature the premiere of Barry, directed by Bill Hader, and Jordan Peele’s The Last O.G., starring Tracey Morgan.
“2018 marks the 25th edition of the SXSW Film Festival and my tenth year at the helm,” said Janet Pierson, SXSW’s director of film. “As we look back on the body of work of talent discovered, careers launched and wonderful films we’ve enjoyed, we couldn’t be more excited about the future. This year’s slate, while peppered with works from many of our alumni, remains focused on new voices, new directors and a range of films that entertain and enlighten.”
As previously announced, the festival’s speakers series will include Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, Girls creator Lena Dunham, actor Ethan Hawke and director Spike Lee.
The 25th edition of SXSW will run March 9-18 in Austin, Texas.
Although it just recently wrapped shooting in New York, the first teaser trailer for John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place debuted yesterday. The footage fortunately doesn’t give away too much, and the concept looks quite original and intriguing. There’s still no official synopsis for the film, but more details will no doubt emerge very soon. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the trailer below.
BACKSTAGE – Talk about a power couple. Husband and wife duo Emily Blunt and John Krasinski will team up onscreen for the first time in the feature film, “A Quiet Place.” But the collaboration is not just one in front of the camera.
In addition to starring, Krasinski will also write and direct the horror-suspense film. Though “The Office” alum has directed two films previously, “A Quiet Place,” from Paramount/Platinum Dunes, will mark his first directorial gig with a major studio.
Details about the project’s plot are scant so far, however, we do know production is slated to begin this September in upstate New York. We also know that Blunt and Krasinski will play parents, while “Suburbicon” actor Noah Jupe has signed on for the role of their son.
Laura Rosenthal and Maribeth Fox are splitting duties as casting directors.
Krasinski will executive produce along with Allyson Seeger and Scott Beck & Bryan Woods. Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, meanwhile, will produce.
DEADLINE – If Comic-Con is known for announcing guest stars on fan-fave TV shows, then CinemaCon is known for its release date announcements. Ahead of its presentation here in Las Vegas tomorrow afternoon, Paramount has set opening dates for the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon on November 3 wide, Action Point on March 23 next year, and John Krasinski’s directorial A Quiet Place starring his wife Emily Blunt on April 13, 2018.
Starring Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Oscar Isaac, Suburbicon will arguably be upscale adult counter-programmer to Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, not to mention that first weekend in November is typically a hot launch pad for an awards contender (Best Picture nominee Hacksaw Ridge being one of the most recent titles to debut during that slot).
Action Point, previously known as Action Park, is the Johnny Knoxville comedy that Deadline broke exclusively. It centers on the idea of comedy stuntman Knoxville and his cohorts operating their own irresponsible theme park. The comedy goes up against Lionsgate’s Robin Hood, Sony’s Peter Rabbit and Fox’s animated pic Anubis.
A Quiet Place, which teams Krasinski and Blunt on the screen together for the first time, will square off against an untitled Universal monster movie next April. Plot for A Quiet Place is being kept under wraps.
Great news! Emily and John starring together in a thriller? Count me in. I loved both Wind Chill and Curiosity, so it’s nice to see Emily back in a thriller.
VARIETY – Hollywood couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt will co-star in their first feature film together.
Krasinksi is set to write and direct the Paramount/Platinum Dunes supernatural thriller “A Quiet Place,” marking his third directorial effort and first for a major studio, and also star opposite his wife Blunt in the film.
Krasinski previously helmed critically acclaimed indie “The Hollars” last year and “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” in 2009.
Michael Bay will produce along with his partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods wrote the earlier draft. Krasinski and his Sunday Night partner Allyson Seeger will serve as executive producers alongside Beck and Woods.
The film goes into production this fall.
Plot details are unknown.
Krasinski and Platinum Dunes last collaborated on Bay’s 2016 drama “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” They’re also re-teaming on the upcoming Amazon and Paramount Television series “Jack Ryan,” which Dunes is producing and Krasinski is toplining as the iconic CIA analyst. The show will premiere sometime in 2018.
During their time together in pre-production meetings on “Jack Ryan,” Krasinski expressed interest in doing a genre film in the vein of “The Purge” and “Ouija,” leading them to “The Quiet Place,” which the banner had recently acquired.
Krasinski next appears in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming movie about the Detroit Riots and was an executive producer on the Oscar-nominated drama “Manchester by the Sea.”
Blunt will star in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” sequel “Mary Poppins Returns,” which hits theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.
Sources say Krasinski and Blunt, who wed in 2010, prefer keeping their work and home lives separate, but neither wanted to pass up the film after reading the script.
Blunt is represented by CAA and The Artists Partnership, and Krasinski and Platinum Dunes are repped by WME.