Bird Box author Josh Malerman revealed on Friday that a movie adaptation of his upcoming Bird Box sequel Malorie is already in development.
The 44-year-old writer slipped the detail in a new interview with Inverse Published Friday, although he didn’t have many details given how early the discussions are.
His own version of the sequel will be released on July 21.
In Conversations: Josh Malerman, who wrote the novel that became Netflix’s hit Sandra Bullock movie Bird Box, revealed that his new sequel is already in development for a movie adaptation; shown in December 2018
“I can’t say much, but I can say it’s developing,” Malerman said as soon as the conversation was about movies.
“Sometimes it’s weird, all this secrecy, but I’m a game,” he added.
His first novel, Bird Box, was released in 2014 and was a hit with critics, but the Sandra Bullock starring role for Netflix has significantly increased his profile.
Going for it, “I can’t say much, but I can say it’s developing,” said Malerman. “Sometimes it is weird, all this secrecy, but I am a game”; Still from Bird Box
Big Hit: His first novel, Bird Box, was published in 2014 and was a hit with critics, but the Sandra Bullock lead role for Netflix raised his profile significantly; shown in December 2018
Netflix announced that the 2018 movie was viewed by an astonishing 45 million households in just the first seven days, making it the most viewers for any Netflix release.
The streamer also claimed that 80 million households watched Bird Box online during the first four weeks, although some industry figures criticized Netflix for a lack of clarity and overview in how it reports viewership figures.
The movie stars Bullock as Malorie, one of the survivors of a post-apocalyptic world in which terrible creatures have come to haunt humans.
When someone catches a glimpse of the creatures, they go crazy and violently attack everyone around or themselves.
Success: Netflix announced that the film of 2018 would be viewed by as many as 45 million households in just the first seven days, making it the most viewer for any Netflix release; Sandra Bullock shown in December 2018
Chilling: Sandra Bullock stars as Malorie, one of the survivors in a post-apocalyptic world where mysterious creatures incite people to kill and commit suicide when they glimpse; still out of Bird Box
To protect themselves from the new visitors, Malorie and other survivors must close all windows of a house hidden from civilization and wear blindfolds when they have to wander outside.
The film features a tense series in which Malorie and the two young children she grazes must cross a raging river while keeping their blindfolds all the time.
According to Malerman, Bullock’s moving portrayal of the character and Bird Box’s success inspired him to write a sequel to the novel, although it didn’t change his writing process.
“It took about the same amount of time. I was also aware that it was possible that Sandra Bullock would not be playing Malorie, ”Malerman said.
‘When you first start writing novels, especially now, how don’t you see them cinematic? We grew up with movies. So with Bird Box I always saw it cinematic. It reads almost like stage directions. It felt the same when writing Malorie, but I didn’t have Sandra Bullock in mind when I wrote the first one. ‘
Back: Malerman said that Bullock’s portrayal of the character and the success of Bird Box inspired him to write a sequel to the novel; still out of Bird Box
Not seeing: Despite his characters’ inability to go out without a blindfold, Malerman saw little connection between his work and the coronavirus pandemic; Machine gun Kelly in Bird Box
Despite his characters’ inability to go out without a blindfold without dying, Malerman didn’t see much of a connection between his work and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“You look out your window, you’re going crazy,” he said. “I can understand the connections, but I hesitate to draw a parallel between a good fear and a bad fear.
“But I understand that Bird Box fits into this kind of closed life that we lead. I even had a strange moment getting ready to leave the house and I was like, Okay, I need my mask and my gloves, and you can’t look outside. So as I understand it. It fits in the world today. ‘