It looks like a ‘Bird Box’ sequel is in development at Netflix
Malorie, the sequel to the first Bird Box book, arrives on July 21, 2020.
Malerman's 2014 novel Bird Box was adapted by Netflix and premiered onto the streaming service in 2018. The film features various actors including Sandra Bullock, Machine Gun Kelly, Trevante Rhodes and John Malkovich. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor also helped create the film's soundtrack. Following its release, Bird Box quickly received the most first-week streaming views than any other Netflix Original film in history.
A year after the film's debut, Malerman announced that a sequel in the book series is on its way titled Malorie. So far, we know that the sequel follows the story's lead character after she found safety in the last book. As well, the book is set 12 years in the future which means that Malorie's children are now teenagers. Readers will also get to know more about the creatures in the post-apocalyptic world in the new book.
Now, nearly a year after the sequel's announcement, Malerman has also revealed that Netflix is in the process of adapting Malorie into a film. The author confirmed the news to Inverse, but left out any key details regarding the new film.
“I can’t say much, but I can say that it is in development,” he says. “Sometimes it’s weird, all this secrecy, but I’m game.”
Despite Bird Box's success, the film also sparked some controversy following its release. Shortly after the film hit Netflix, various fans took part in a Bird Box challenge. As part of the challenge, some drivers drove with blindfolds on while one YouTuber walked into traffic blindfolded. As well, viewers of the film and even Canada condemned Bird Box for its use of real-life disaster footage. Following the complaints, all of the disaster footage was removed from the 2018 film.
At this time, no information on when filming for the Bird Box sequel will begin has been shared. As well, it has not been confirmed if Bullock is reprising her role as Malorie.
The Malorie synopsis is available to read below. The new book arrives July 21, 2020.
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.
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