If you were planning on going to watch Emily Blunt battle noise-sensitive aliens next week, you’re going to have to put a pin in it — John Krasinski just confirmed that A Quiet Place 2 will have a delayed release due to growing concerns over the coronavirus. The highly anticipated sequel, which was originally slated to hit North American theaters on March 20, does not currently have a new release date.
Director (and first installment star) Krasinski took to Instagram on Thursday to update fans on the status of the sequel. “To all our A Quiet Place fans, One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together. Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the time to do that,” he said, continuing, “As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie… I’m gonna wait to release the film til we CAN all see it together! So here’s to our group movie date! See you soon!”
Paramount also issued a statement regarding the delay, citing coronavirus restrictions on travel and public gatherings as part of their thought process. “We believe in and support the theatrical experience, and we look forward to bringing this film to audiences this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace,” said the studio.
A Quiet Place 2 isn’t the only feature-length film opting to wait out the coronavirus before releasing. Sony pushed Peter Rabbit 2 back by five months earlier this week, and MGM/Eon/Universal postponed the James Bond installment No Time to Die all the way to November 25.
Krasinski’s update also comes on the heels of news that Hollywood couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have both tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). They are currently in Australia filming Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley movie in which Hanks plays Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It’s unclear at this time how the production schedule of the biopic may be affected.
Before you go, mull over this list of movies not to watch if you’re scared about coronavirus.