Last August, Universal ponied up a number in the six figure range for the rights to the High Strung frontman Josh Malerman’s novel The Bird Box. Universal is apparently now ready to move full speed ahead with the adaptation of the book (which isn’t due for publication until 2014) and the latest update involves the hiring of a director.
Andy Muschietti has come aboard the project described as being in the vein of Children of Men and The Others. The story revolves around “a blindfolded threesome comprised of a woman and two children who make their way down a river in a seemingly postapocalyptic setting.” Sounds like an odd pitch for a full-length film and novel, but we’re guessing there’s a lot more to it than that.
Muschietti landing the gig is a great example of striking while you’re hot. The filmmaker’s previous feature, the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film Mama, has earned over $70 million on a $15 million budget. Returns like that will ensure Muschietti continues to find studio work.
With a director now attached to the project, Universal says the next step is to hire a writer to convert the novel into screen format. No word yet on who the studio is considering, but we expect to hear a lot more about The Bird Box in the very near future.