A Quiet Place: Part 2 Star And Director Want Want More Money For Shortened Theatrical Run - Report

The sequel continues to run afoul of pandemic-caused obstacles.


A Quiet Place: Part II star Emily Blunt and writer/director John Krasinski are reportedly seeking additional compensation from Paramount Pictures due to how the sequel's theatrical run has been impacted by both the coronavirus pandemic and the roll-out of the studio's new streaming service, Paramount+. According to Bloomberg, Krasinski and Blunt, who are married, each have contracts on the film that pays them based on the film's box-office performance.

However, Paramount, which is owned by ViacomCBS Inc., has reportedly cut the film's exclusive run in theaters in half--to 45 days from 90--and scheduled it for a May 28 release, when many movie chains will still be operating at limited capacity. Furthermore, Paramount reportedly wants to release the upcoming film on Paramount+ as soon as possible to buoy the new service. While none of the principals have yet commented publicly, Bloomberg is speculating that the resolution of this conflict may have ramifications for other future blockbuster releases and how their profits might be distributed.

A Quiet Place: Part 2 was one of the first major releases impacted and ultimately delayed--multiple times--by the pandemic. It was originally slated for a March 20 release last year, and is now finding itself to be one of the first trial balloons of a rebounding movie industry hoping to see audiences turn out as much as possible.

The sequel was expected to be one of the studio's biggest movies of 2020, but now finds itself navigating the growing tension, potential, and uncertainty swirling around exclusive theatrical windows. Many of the major streaming services and studios have have weighed in on whether the pandemic era trend of such services offering possibilities for release will stick around post-pandemic--Warner Bros. thinks theatrical windows still matter, Netflix isn't so sure, and NBCUniversal has put a tighter grip on its own content being on other platforms.

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