With absolutely no fanfare, Netflix just released the first trailer for their film adaptation of Josh Malerman’s post-apocalyptic horror novel, Bird Box.
As Malerman’s first novel, Bird Box was met with great critical acclaim following its 2014 release. In the book, the sudden appearance of new and mysterious creatures have thrown the world into turmoil. Anyone who sees one of the creatures immediately loses their mind with fear, causing deadly harm to themselves and others. No one knows how many creatures there are, what they look like, or what they are capable of. But they’re everywhere.
The story follows young Malorie (played in the film by Sandra Bullock) as she adapts to this new and horrific world. The story begins just as Malorie finds out she is pregnant and follows her through the years as she prepares her young children to take a dangerous journey into the outside world in search of a safe haven.
Directed by Susanne Bier (Brothers, The Night Manager) from an adapted screenplay by Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Lights Out, The Thing ), the film features a truly impressive cast.
Bird Box stars the aforementioned Sandra Bullock as Malorie as well as Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), LilRel Howery (Get Out), BD Wong (Jurassic Park, Mr. Robot), Danielle Macdonald (Patti Cake$), Amy Gumenick (Arrow), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight, The Predator), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, The Voices), David Dastmalchian (Prisoners, Ant-Man), Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel), and the iconic John Malkovich.
Considering the fact that a major component of the novel is that the characters cannot see what stalks them (to even try would put them at risk of a violent death), it will be interesting to see how that is adjusted for such a visual medium.
Think of it as kind of like A Quiet Place, but for sight instead of sound (though we again should note that rumors of a Bird Box film adaptation have been circulating since 2013 – before the novel had even been published).
As a fan of the book, I will definitely be adding this to my watch list. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
Bird Box will arrive on Netflix on December 21, 2018.