Earlier this year, the world became enamored with the supernatural thriller A Quiet Place for its originality and pulse-pounding moments, in a world devoid of sound. However, before there was A Quiet Place, there was Josh Malerman‘s Bird Box. Many reading enthusiasts will tell you that some of the similarities between A Quiet Place and Bird Box are uncanny, with the obvious difference being that one is about creatures that will kill you if they hear sound, and the other is about creatures that will kill you if you see them.
Netflix will now bring Malerman’s story to life this December, with Academy Award-winner Sandra Bullock starring and Academy Award-winning director Susanne Bier (Hævnen), at the helm.
When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. Facing the unknown, Malorie finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they’ll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded.
A buddy of mine that has read Bird Box, of whom I hold his opinions of movies and books in high regard, shared with me that there already changes from the book to the movie, but that they’d definitely need to take artistic liberties to make it cinematic. After all, it wouldn’t make for a very good film to show audiences just a black screen and sound effects of what Bullock & co. are dealing with. Nevertheless, the film does look fascinating and mysterious. It’ll be interesting to see how it all comes together when Netflix releases Bird Box on December 21, 2018 on their streaming service, and in select theaters.
Bird Box is directed by Susanne Bier and stars Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, Tom Hollander, Colson Baker, BD Wong, with Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich.