After going head-to-head at the box office for the last couple weeks, it's been confirmed that both a spin-off over at Paramount to the first two A Quiet Place films (tentatively titled A Quiet Place Part III) and a sequel to the recent Disney live-action origin story Cruella have were both announced late yesterday. Not surprising as A Quiet Place Part II managed to match the opening weekend performance of it's predecessor despite being during a pandemic (taking $58 million during its four-day Memorial Day weekend) along with strong critical reception. Cruella also has some of the best reviews of any of Disney's live-action adaptations along with making a strong $48 million in it's opening weekend along with doing well on Disney+ (through Premier Access).
A Quiet Place Part III actually would switch things up. While the story for the spin-off is coming from John Krasinski, who wrote and directed the first two (along with co-starring), the third film will be directed and it's script written by Jeff Nichols (Mud, Loving). This spin-off is actually farther along than expected with Nichols having submitted a new draft of the script a few days ago. In addition, unlike the first two films, the story wouldn't deal with the Abbott family. Instead, it is rumored to explore an entirely different part of the film's world so as to broaden the scope of the series. Krasinski will also return to produce alongside Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller.
Over at Disney, the Cruella sequel is, in contrast, still early in development though the first film's director Craig Gillespie & screenwriter Tony McNamara returning. Gillespie spoke recently before this announcement that if he did a sequel he would “love to now see the full-blown Cruella, fully loaded.” In announcing the sequel, a Disney rep had this to say:
“We are very pleased with Cruella’s box office success, in conjunction with its strong Disney+ Premier Access performance to date. The film has been incredibly well received by audiences around the world, with a 97% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes in addition to A’s in every demographic from CinemaScore on opening weekend, ranking it among the most popular of our live-action reimaginings. We look forward to a long run as audiences continue to enjoy this fantastic film.”
Hopefully, both films will satisfy their respective audiences! Stay tuned!