Jeff Nichols Exits ‘A Quiet Place’ Spinoff, Turns Attention To Original Sci-Fi Project

Well, it was too good to be true. When Jeff Nichols, the director behind Midnight Special, Loving, Take Shelter, and other great films, signed on to direct a spinoff of A Quiet Place, it seemed like the perfect match. Perhaps it was, but it ain’t gonna happen.

Deadline reports Nichols has exited the A Quiet Place movie, and the split from Paramount is said to be “amicable.”  While that’s incredibly disappointing, there is some good news. The reason for Nichols’ departure has to do with his attention moving to an original sci-fi project, and that is definitely something we should all be looking forward to.

So what happens now? Well, Paramount is moving quickly to find a new director to replace Nichols. They’ll be taking over a film that is set to open on March 31st 2023, and is pretty much ready to go. Plot details are being kept under wraps, of course, as well as any connection it will have to the previous two A Quiet Place movies.

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