Author hints at ‘Bird Box’ sequel also going down horror movie path

Even though Netflix has yet to officially confirm the news, the author has hinted at a possible film adaptation of the sequel to his international hit Bird Box

“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,” Malerman said in an interview with Inverse after the release of his novel sequel, Malorie.

Waiting game for ‘Bird Box’ fans

After the bestselling author’s thriller Bird Box took the world by storm in 2014 and eventually got adapted into a Netflix feature film — starring the likes of Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson — readers of the book and fans of the film alike have been eagerly waiting for answers and more clues as to what happened to the characters.

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Author Josh Malerman attends the New York special screening of the Netflix film ‘Bird Box’ at Alice Tully Hall on 17 December 2018 in New York City. Image: Ilya S Savenok/Getty Images for Netflix/AFP

Malerman’s comments suggest that the sequel is still in the early stages of development. So, fans might have to wait for at least several months before Bird Box 2 could become a reality, considering Malorie only fairly recently landed on the bookshelves, as well as the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Runaway Netflix success and TikTok craze

Being one of Netflix’s most successful releases to date and holding the title of the second most-watched Netflix Original with 89 million views, Bird Box has continued to keep the world hooked and has even been the cause of a TikTok craze, garnering a firm fan base and a cult following.

When it was announced that there would be a sequel to the gripping thriller, the world once more became engrossed in Malerman’s words and characters, with rumours circulating about a possible film adaptation of Malorie.

The title of Malerman’s latest post-apocalyptic horror novel refers to the character — Malorie Hayes — portrayed by Bullock in the film adaptation of Bird Box.

Sandra Bullock in the Netflix Original ‘Bird Box’ based on John Malerman’s 2014 horror novel, ‘Bird Box’. Image:

‘Malorie’ and ‘Bird Box’ like ‘a Rorschach test’

In an interview with NPR, Malerman had the following to say about his two novels that have both terrified and captivated audiences worldwide:

‘Malorie’ and ‘Bird Box’ are more of, like, a Rorschach test – an ink blot – than they are a horror story. It’s like, what do you see here? What are you afraid of here? What do you think is knocking on the door?


In the old world, there were many rules; in the new world, however, there is only one: Do not open your eyes.

It has been 17 years since the “creatures” have appeared and Malorie’s life has never been the same. Having raised two children in this world of darkness filled with unseen monsters, Malorie has been doing everything to survive.

With her children now being teenagers, there is conflict brewing between Malorie, who’s sole priority is to stay alive, and her children who are wanting freedom and a chance not to live their lives behind the blindfold forever.

After a census-taker stops by Malorie’s refuge, he is promptly sent away, but not before he leaves a list of names behind, a list of survivors – and on that list are two names Malorie knows.

Two names for whom Malorie would break every rule she has ever fought to keep, and take her children on another perilous journey through unseen wilderness, in the hope of being a family again…

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