Cast your mind back to December, if you will. It was a much simpler time when we were all gearing up for the festive period... and attempting the 'Bird Box' challenge.
Netflix's horror movie was released last year to tepid applause, but gained a serious amount of coverage. 'Bird Box' seemed to grip the world with its post-apocalyptic setting, and put a spin on the horror genre by not allowing you to look at the monsters.
The movie also spawned the incredibly questionable 'Bird Box' challenge, whereby people blindfolded themselves while they did mundane tasks. Netflix had to release a statement urging viewers to stop taking part in the challenge, as it might be putting people's lives in danger.
Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.
— Netflix US (@netflix) 2 January 2019
Now that all of the 'Bird Box' dust has settled, and everyone has forgotten that John Malkovich was in the movie too, in comes author Josh Malerman to say he's currently writing a sequel novel. Malerman published 'Bird Box' in 2014, which was picked up by Netflix soon after.
Speaking to Esquire, the author said it was from viewing the movie on Netflix that inspired him to write a sequel. He said, "I wanted to get to know [Malorie] even better. At the end of the movie, I turned to my girl Allison and said, ‘I want to know what happens next!’ and she’s like, ‘Well, you know, you could make that happen,’ so it really was this warm feeling."
The sequel looks set to focus on Sandra Bullock's character Malorie, so unfortunately Boy and Girl might not feature at all. He went on to say, "In the time between 'Bird Box' coming out and the time since I’ve been writing 'Malorie', I’ve been asked a ton of times: people want to know what happened with Boy and Girl. But as much as I care about Boy and Girl, this isn’t their story. The 'Bird Box' world is Malorie’s story, and I wanted to know more about her."
Malerman expects the 'Malorie' sequel to arrive later this year, by October 1st. The question is - will Bullock return for a sequel? We're nearly positive she will, considering that over 45 million Netflix accounts watched the original movie in its first seven days.
Via Entertainment Weekly.