A Quiet Place 3, Day One prequel and everything we know so far

A Quiet Place 3
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You hear that? A Quiet Place 3 news just broke and it's really confusing. While the film is definitely, actually happening, there's a lot of room for confusion.

What we do know is that there won't just be a third Quiet Place movie, but also a spin-off prequel that comes first. For as much as we may question what the heck will happen in this film, and who will star in it, it's got another new release date. And that's on top of the news of who won't be working on it anymore.

But after A Quiet Place 2 took a whopping $58 million on its opening weekend, we know for certain that the demand for more muted horror mayhem will be there.

And though the sequel was no doubt helped along by cinema rebounding after Covid-19 fractured films' production timelines, A Quiet Place 2 was a blinding success. It even managed to set the record in the US for a post-pandemic release.

If you’ve already seen the second film and are pining for more, then the good news is that director John Krasinski has reportedly always had a treasure trove of ideas floating around for new stories, since even before A Quiet Place 2. The post-apocalyptic world of A Quiet Place, it seems, has many more stories buried within it, with Emily Blunt (opens in new tab) saying that Krasinski has a "whole arc of new ideas" for future tales. 

One quick browse of the web, though, throws out a muddled pile of overlapping and downright confusing info about what exactly A Quiet Place 3 as a title, project and film will constitute. There's been lots of talk over whether that's a straightforward threequel directed by Krasinski or, indeed, a spin-off movie. 

A Quiet Place 3 won't be an official three-quel in the purest sense, as Deadline (opens in new tab) has reported that the spin-off is now being officially billed as the third installment of the monster film series from an idea stemming from the mind of Krasinki, "broadening the post-apocalyptic world introduced in the first two movies." 

This project could see a bunch of different characters in a new location, still under siege from the same breed of marauding predators from the OG films. But, really, the jury is currently still out on what to expect.

Read on below to find out everything we know about A Quiet Place 3 and what it's tipped to be.

Latest A Quiet Place 3 news (updated Jan. 27)

  • A Quiet Place Part III isn't the next installment of the franchise — that's A Quiet Place: Day One, coming on March 8, 2024.
  • A Quiet Place Part III is now coming in 2025
  • Michael Sarnoski is directing A Quiet Place: Day One

A Quiet Place 3 release date

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This is really confusing. Paramount Plus tweeted that "The next installment of @quietplacemovie is coming next year & will be directed by Michael Sarnoski. And, #AQuietPlace Part III is coming in 2025."

So, there you have it. A Quiet Place Part III is one of two Quiet Place movies coming out, and it's not coming until 2025. 

Then, we have A Quiet Place: Day One, the spinoff prequel coming first, which Deadline (opens in new tab) reports is due on March 8, 2024. This is the 'next installment' spoken of above.

Although Deadline (opens in new tab) initially said that A Quiet Place 3 (which was to be be written and Mud and Midnight Special director, Jeff Nichols) would release sometime in 2022, that's no longer the case. Paramount (opens in new tab) then moved it to March 31, 2023. 

Unfortunately, Deadline (opens in new tab) also reported that Nichols and Paramount have parted ways on the project. While this is partially concerning because of an interview with Empire (opens in new tab) published on July 15 where Krasinski stated that Nichols was "truly the only person I had in mind when asked whether I would hand this off," don't give up hope.

The same Deadline report states "Sources say top agencies already are submitting options for Nichols’ replacement and the studio will act fast as this film is still a high priority after A Quiet Place Part II just became one of the bigger box office hits of the year."

A Quiet Place 3 cast

If this story does indeed traverse into a different but parallel narrative amidst the monster-ridden world of A Quiet Place, we surely wouldn’t expect that Blunt, Jupe, Symons or the newest cast member from film number two, Cillian Murphy, will reprise their characters. 

A Quiet Place 3: Cast

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Potentially there is room for some cameo spots, but it makes more sense for a completely new story with new characters and cast members.

As for A Quiet Place: Day One, expect Stranger Things 4 breakout star Joseph Quinn and Lupita Nyong’o, per Deadline (opens in new tab). The outlet also reported (opens in new tab) that Alex Wolff (Hereditary) is joining the cast.

A Quiet Place 3 plot

A Quiet Place 3: Plot?

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Much of what happens in A Quiet Place 3 will likely rely on how this movie interlinks with the world of the previous two films. It could bridge the story between A Quiet Place 2 and A Quiet Place 3, as some people still expect it to do. Or, of course, it could be a new chapter, taking place after Part II.

Either way, a new film could have a lot of material to play with, including how the world came to be besieged by these alien predators with hyper-alert hearing. It could also veer off into a whole other dimension to explore other contingents living in absolute silence, exploring methods of survival and god knows what else someone would need to survive such a thing. 

As before, Blunt told Collider (opens in new tab) that Krasinski has plenty of ideas for both a sequel to the Abbott family and for a tangential film, explaining that Krasinki “wanted to see how people responded to this one (A Quiet Place 2) before he fully engaged his brain on the third one. But he has a couple of great ideas.”

In an interview with Empire, Krasinski teased all the potential, saying "Is it going to continue the Abbotts? Who knows!... No, I will tell you that it is… I’m really excited about the third instalment because it’s going to do something that we haven’t done before." Which is a lot of words to say not much. That said, he did give us something real to chew on, speaking of the end of Part II: "The ending of the last shot is, now that the world knows about [the signal that the creatures are vulnerable to], what will the world do with this answer, or with this weapon? Will they be responsible with it, or will they not be responsible with it?”

A Quiet Place 3: what happens next?

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Of course, A Quiet Place 2 focused on the wonderful Regan Abbott (Millicent Simmonds) and her quest to find the source of a mysterious radio signal, which played 'Beyond the Sea' on a strange loop. If you haven't seen the film yet, please stop reading now because some spoilers will be revealed below. Instead, you can head over to our How to watch A Quiet Place 2 guide and scope out a place to watch it. 

Back to the plot for A Quiet Place 2. In the film, we have the ever-fearless Regan going in search of the signal, heading out to the island to try and determine its origin. Alas, the island is actually a safe haven for humans as the aliens cannot swim; the National Guard rounded up people in the early days of the apocalyptic invasion to safely stow them away from the monsters. Except a monster does eventually arrive, because of course it does. 

There is any number of places a new story could go, so we'll keep you updated as we get more info. Right now, it really is an open book. 

Luke Wilson

Luke is a Trainee News Writer at T3 and contributor to Tom's Guide, having graduated from the DMU/Channel 4 Journalism School with an MA in Investigative Journalism. Before switching careers, he worked for Mindshare WW. When not indoors messing around with gadgets, he's a disc golf enthusiast, keen jogger, and fond of all things outdoors.