When Bird Box aired on Netflix two years ago, it quickly captured the imagination of the viewing public.
Horror fans–and lovers of quality storytelling in general–wanted more. Well, “more” is on the way, according to the author of the 2014 novel that gave birth to the Netflix film. Josh Malerman has written a sequel to the original book–Malorie, due out on shelves July 21–which he says he was inspired to pen after seeing Sandra Bullock in the adaptation. And he added that a movie sequel will follow as well, as reported by comicbook.com.
It is unclear, as of this writing, if the follow-up film will be a strict adaptation of Malorie or if it will explore a totally original storyline. In addition, no schedule has yet been announced for the movie sequel.
Malerman during a recent interview was reticent to divulge too much about the film being planned. “I can’t say much,” he remarked, “but I can say that it is in development. Sometimes it’s weird–all this secrecy–but I’m game.”
But Malerman opened up a bit more when discussing his new novel. “Malorie opens at the school for the blind, which is where the movie ends,” he said. “Then it jumps a few years later, and it really takes off ten years after that.”
Bird Box tells the story of a post-apocalyptic Earth where a mysterious force has decimated the world’s population. A woman–Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock)–tries to protect herself and two children, during a two-day journey blindfolded, from the “malevolent supernatural entities that make people who look at them go insane and kill themselves.”
The 2018 movie–directed by Susanne Bier and adapted by Eric Heisserer–starred Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, John Malkovich, Danielle Macdonald and Sarah Paulson.
Malerman added that he actually saw the original novel cinematically as he wrote it. “It almost reads like stage directions,” he said about the book. “It felt the same writing Malorie, but I didn’t have Sandra Bullock in mind when I wrote the first book.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the filming schedule for the Bird Box sequel.