John Krasinski to direct “Life on Mars”

John Krasinski is set to direct sci-fi thriller ‘Life on Mars’ for Paramount Pictures.

The ‘Quiet Place’ actor-and-director is to adapt Cecil Castellucci’s short story ‘We Have Always Lived on Mars’ for the big screen, with the movie focusing on a female descendant of a Martian colony that has been abandoned by Earth following a cataclysm, whose world is thrown into chaos when she discovers she can breathe the air on Mars.

The 38-year-old star will team with Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller from Platinum Dunes – who produced ‘A Quiet Place’ – to work on the project with Paramount looking to distribute the movie.

Life on Mars will be an adaptation of a short story by Cecil Castellucci titled We Have Always Lived on Mars, which follows a group of people living in a colony on Mars long after a cataclysm on Earth. When one of the women finds that she can breathe the Martian air, it upends the life of everyone in the colony. The new project will re-team Krasinski with his A Quiet Place producers at Platinum Dunes, namely Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John – who starred in ‘A Quiet Place’ with his wife Emily Blunt – isn’t planning to appear in the movie and hasn’t yet decided whether he’ll write the script or hire someone else.

The film is based on a short story by Cecil Castellucci called We Have Always Lived on Mars – The story follows a woman who is among a handful of descendants of a Martian colony long-abandoned by Earth following a cataclysm. The woman one day finds she can breathe the air on Mars, upending her world and that of her fellow colonists.

A Quiet Place is produced by Michael Bay (Transformers) and his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (Ouija, The Purge, Texas Chainsaw Massacre), from a spec script by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck which was rewritten by Krasinski.

Meanwhile, John has also admitted Paramount would like to see ‘A Quiet Place’ spawn spin-off movies.

He said: “[The studio] wanted to potentially build a world. If these people are living through it poorly, are there other people living through it well? Is there some other way to survive? It’s interesting.”

With his horror movies, the filmmaker was keen to “break all the rules” he’d seen in other monster movies.

He said: “I wanted to break all the rules or the conventions that I had seen in alien movies, which is a speech from the President, people deciding how to survive. There was no deciding, it just happened so fast that you either survived or you didn’t. It puts these people in a very tense place.”

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