Since it was announced that there would be an adaptation of Josh Malerman’s novel Bird Box, fans have been going wild across social media. Horror fans are devouring the novel ahead of the movie’s upcoming release on Netflix.
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Bird Box is the latest in a stream of popular movie and series adaptations by Netflix. Despite it’s seemingly harmless name, Bird Box is a post-apocalyptic tale of a woman and her two children making a desperate attempt to reach safety as an ominous presence drives most of the society to suicide. In order to survive, they must do all they can to not see this presence and for that they wear blindfolds wherever they go.
The film will star Sandra Bullock as Malorie, and the cast will also include Sarah Paulson, John Malkovich, an American rapper by the name of Machine Gun Kelly, and Dumplin’‘s Danielle Macdonald.
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The book is partially told through flashbacks and takes place during three different time periods: the beginning of The Problem, as the people began to address it, (about five years prior to the events at the start of the book), shortly before the birth of her two children and the present day (five years after the first round of events). Main character Malorie harshly trains her children to automatically keep their eyes closed upon waking up and to sharpen their hearing so that they can hear if anyone or anything approaches them and pinpoint their exact location.
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Bird Box was first published in the United Kingdom on March 27th, 2014 through Harper Voyager, then later made its way through Ecco Press in the United States on May 13th, 2014.
Despite the rule that the book is almost always better than the film, lately Netflix has really been on a roll with great adaptations, and I cannot wait to see Bird Box!
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