The Truth About The Possible Bird Box Sequel Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN4YyFXmiKc Bird Box made a quick nest for itself in the pop culture zeitgeist, and viewers are wondering if they’ll see any more from that world. Netflix hasn’t announced any plans to produce a sequel to its record-breaking hit, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see a follow-up at some point. Here’s everything we know about a possible Bird Box sequel.
Netflix proudly touted Bird Box as an instant success, proclaiming that it had been watched by more than 45 million accounts in its first week of release — the best opening ever for the streaming service.
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos previously compared the 20 million streams for The Christmas Chronicles to a $200 million movie opening. By that metric, Bird Box netting more than double those views would easily make it one of the biggest movies of 2018. The accuracy of the analogy can be debated, but even if Netflix is exaggerating the numbers, the movie still seems like a staggering success. And in Hollywood, success usually brings sequels.
Such was the case with Bright, the fantasy buddy-cop movie starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. After a strong opening on the platform with 11 million reported streams in its first three days, Netflix made the decision to go ahead with a sequel. It’s also a movie that had a far larger production budget than Bird Box — $90 million compared to $19.8 million.
For the moment, Netflix has said that there are no plans to make Bird Box 2, but that doesn’t mean the idea has been totally ruled out. After fans clamored for a follow-up to the teen rom-com To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the company announced a second film. Of course, the situation is a little different with that movie, which is based on the first book of a trilogy by Jenny Han. In other words, there’s source material out there for a second To All The Boys feature. That’s not the case with Bird Box.
Bird Box is based on the Josh Malerman novel of the same name, though screenwriter Eric Heisserer and director Susanne Bier did make some changes to suit the film. Most of the characters in the movie either aren’t in the book, or have been altered from the book, but the most notable change to how the story actually feels is the ending, which Heisserer purposely altered to make more hopeful. But despite these changes, neither version of the story wraps up with an obvious sequel hook.
One approach producers could take is to look at another Malerman novel, Black Mad Wheel, for a similar glimpse into a world where people’s senses start betraying them. In that book, a group of musicians is sent to an African desert to determine the source of a sound that’s wreaking havoc on the population. Perhaps this phenomenon could be tied in with the monsters from Bird Box, which cause insanity on sight.
Of course, there’s no rule saying that there has to be source material to continue a franchise. Game of Thrones has famously surpassed George R.R. Martin’s original Song of Ice and Fire novels in its final seasons, with the author giving the show’s producers permission to guide the story how they see fit. Netflix could try for a similar arrangement with Malerman. The point is, they don’t need source material to keep the story spinning — especially considering how much the movie already deviated from the book. Keep watching to learn more about the truth about the possible Bird Box sequel!
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Netflix: No plans yet | 0:18
Back to the source | 1:44
The director’s thoughts | 2:53
An unfinished arc | 4:09
Missing monsters | 5:17
Back to the beginning | 6:21
Final moments | 7:32
Hope for the future | 8:30
A brand new life | 9:31