The film A Quiet Place debuted April 6, 2018, to critical acclaim and commercial success, earning over $50 million on its opening weekend alone, and scoring a 95% approval rating on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes. The screenplay was co-written by three filmmakers, including two natives of Bettendorf, Iowa: Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who also served as executive producers. The third screenwriter is John Krasinski, who also directed and stars in the movie.
A Quiet Place explores familial ties and bonds as the Abbott family resourcefully attempts to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where creatures hunt by sound. The Abbotts communicate with each other primarily through sign language, which they know well because the oldest child, Regan, is deaf. (Millicent Simmons, who plays Regan, is herself deaf.)
Listen here to a conversation with Beck and Woods about discovering a kindred spirit in each other at Bettendorf Middle School, about the variety of film projects they took on through high school and at the University of Iowa, and how their artistic partnership has continued to take them on an incredible upward trajectory in the film industry.
Bluebox Films is a production company that Beck and Woods established in 2001.