Novelist Josh Malerman has confirmed that a sequel to the immensely popular 2018 film Bird Box is in development.
Malerman, whose work originally inspired the original film which famously starred Sandra Bullock in the lead role, handed over the rights to his 2014 novel which was later adapted by director Susanne Bier as part of the Netflix Originals series.
The original film follows a woman, played by Bullock, as “she tries to protect herself and two children from malevolent supernatural entities that make people who look at them go insane and kill themselves”.
The film synopsis adds: “When a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain — if you see it, you die. The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they’ll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them — and complete the trip blindfolded.”
While calls for a sequel have been speculation since its release, Netflix has remained tight-lipped on the project. Now, however, Malerman has confirmed discussions have taken place: “I can’t say much, but I can say that it is in development,” he told Inverse.
He added: “Sometimes it’s weird, all this secrecy, but I’m game.”
While Malerman failed to provide any potential plot development plans, it is widely believed that a potential follow-up would derive from the novelist’s sequel book, Malorie, which is currently being prepped for release.