After the huge success of Bird Box after it premiered on Netflix, it is no surprise that a sequel to the film, based on the book that’s also a sequel to the 2014 original novel by author Josh Malerman, is currently in the works.
Bird Box follows Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock) who’s trying her best to navigate in a post-apocalyptic world with her two children, whilst trying to keep both her and her kids safe from terrifying Eldritch abominations with the ability to make humans kill themselves on sight. It seems the creatures are able to take the form of a person’s worse fears to drive them to suicide and the only way to stay safe is to blindfold yourself to avoid seeing the terrifying monsters.
News of the film’s sequel came from none other than Malerman himself. In an interview with Inverse, Malerman let slip that a sequel to Bird Box is in the works at Netflix though not much else about the film’s plot was revealed.
“I can’t say much, but I can say that it is in development. Sometimes it’s weird, all this secrecy, but I’m game,” said Malerman.
Though for hints of what to expect, fans can still look to the sequel novel, Malorie, which will release on 21 July 2020. According to the official synopsis of Malorie, the sequel will take place 12 years after the original, with the monsters in the first film having since “changed into something even more frightening”.
Here is the full synopsis to Malerman’s sequel novel, Malorie:
Twelve years after Malorie and her children rowed up the river to safety, a blindfold is still the only thing that stands between sanity and madness. One glimpse of the creatures that stalk the world will drive a person to unspeakable violence.
There remains no explanation. No solution.
All Malorie can do is survive—and impart her fierce will to do so on her children. Don’t get lazy, she tells them. Don’t take off your blindfold. AND DON’T LOOK. But then comes what feels like impossible news. And with it, the first time Malorie has allowed herself to hope.
Someone very dear to her, someone she believed dead, may be alive.
Malorie has already lost so much: her sister, a house full of people who meant everything, and any chance at an ordinary life. But getting her life back means returning to a world full of unknowable horrors—and risking the lives of her children again.
Because the creatures are not the only thing Malorie fears: There are the people who claim to have caught and experimented on the creatures. Murmerings of monstrous inventions and dangerous new ideas. And rumors that the creatures themselves have changed into something even more frightening.
Malorie has a harrowing choice to make: to live by the rules of survival that have served her so well, or to venture into the darkness and reach for hope once more.
Though there is no certainty that Netflix’s adaptation will follow the plot of the novel beat by beat, it still gives us a good indication as to what we can expect till we get an official update from Netflix.
A release date for the film was also not announced.
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