Now that trailers for A Quiet Place are have spread across the Internet like wildfire, some sci-fi fans are noting the film’s premise seems conspicuously similar to the novel The Silence by Tim Lebbon. Here’s the synopsis for A Quiet Place: A family of four must live their lives in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
Here’s the synopsis for The Silence: The Story of a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for decades in the pitch darkness of a vast underground cave system, hunting only with their acute hearing. As the family seeks refuge in a remote haven where they can wait out the invasion, they start to wonder what kind of world will remain when they’re ready to emerge.
If you’re thinking A Quiet Place clearly draws inspiration from The Silence, no one in the production is fessing up. The writers are listed as Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski (who also stars and directs). There is no mention of The Silence as an inspiration on the film’s IMDB page.
What’s more, there’s been a movie version of The Silence in the works since last May.
May 18, 2017: Stanley Tucci is set to star in “The Silence,” produced by Constantin Film and Emjag Prods., and directed by John Leonetti, who enjoyed a major horror hit with “Annabelle.” Mister Smith Entertainment is launching “The Silence” at this year’s Cannes Film Market. Tucci joins the previously announced Kiernan Shipka in the cast.
So, is Lebbon upset that his book’s hook seems to have been snagged? On a message board, the author only revealed that he is “aware” of the uncanny similarities between A Quiet Place and The Silence. Those who have read the novel will be able to make a direct comparison when A Quiet Place arrives in theaters on April 6th. Check out the trailer, synopsis, and spoiler-free review below.
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