Bird Box was quite a hit for Netflix in 2018. For the first seven days of its release, 45 million tuned in to watch the film. Netflix also claimed that 80 million household watched Bird Box within ifs first four week online. Sandra Bullock, actress of such book-based movies as A Time to Kill, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and The Blind Side, played Malorie.
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The author stated that it is due to Sandra Bullock's portrayal of his lead character and the success of the film that made him wrote the sequel.
'It took about the same amount of time. I was also aware that there was a possibility that Sandra Bullock wouldn't be playing Malorie," Malerman said. "When you first start writing novels, especially now, how do you not see them cinematically? We grew up on movies. So with Bird Box, I always saw it cinematically. It almost reads like stage directions. It felt the same writing Malorie, but I didn't have Sandra Bullock in mind when I wrote the first one.'
The author also mentioned how COVID-19 and the universe he created in Bird Box somewhat linked up:
"You look out your window, you go mad,' he said. 'I can understand the links (between COVID-19 and the world in Bird Box), but I'm hesitant to draw a parallel between a good scare and a bad scare. But I understand that Bird Box would fit into this sort of lockdown life that we're leading. I even had an odd moment where I was getting ready to leave the house and I was like, OK, I need my mask, and my gloves, and you can't look outside. So even like I understand it. It fits in with today's world."
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