Bird Box (film)

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Bird Box
Bird Box poster.jpeg
Official poster
Directed bySusanne Bier
Produced by
Screenplay byEric Heisserer
Based onBird Box
by Josh Malerman
Music by
CinematographySalvatore Totino
Edited byBen Lester
  • Bluegrass Films
  • Chris Morgan Productions
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • November 12, 2018 (2018-11-12) (AFI)
  • December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21) (worldwide)
Running time
117 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$19.8 million[2]

Bird Box is an American post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Susanne Bier and with a screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman. It stars Sandra Bullock as the main protagonist.

The film had its world premiere at AFI Fest on November 12, 2018. It is scheduled to be released worldwide on December 21, 2018 by Netflix.



Film rights to Bird Box were optioned by Universal Studios in 2013, prior to the book's release.[3][4] Scott Stuber and Chris Morgan were set to produce the film, with Mama director Andy Muschietti attached as director.[4] Screenwriter Eric Heisserer was in negotiations to pen the script.[5] In July 2017, Netflix acquired the rights to the book after Stuber became head of the feature film division of Netflix and will develop the movie with Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich starring.[6][7] Susanne Bier was announced as the director.[6] In October 2017, Danielle Macdonald, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, Lil Rel Howery, and Amy Gumenick joined the cast.[8][9] In November 2017, Machine Gun Kelly and David Dastmalchian joined the cast.[10][11]


Principal photography began in October 2017.[12]


The film had its world premiere at AFI Fest on November 12, 2018.[13] However, due to the Woolsey Fire that hit California and out of respect for the victims of Thousand Oaks shooting, Netflix cancelled AFI Fest’s red carpet coverage scheduled for the premiere.[14] The film is scheduled to be released on December 21, 2018.[15]

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Critical reception[edit]

On Metacritic Birdbox has received mixed to positive reviews day after its world premiere.[16] Film was criticized mostly for the direction and the way of storytelling — director is perhaps uncertain about how to maximize the piece's genre potential while simultaneously keeping it smart. (The Hollywood Reporter) [17] All of them agreed about the outstanding performance by Sandra Bullock and the camera work of Salvatore Totino.

Variety praised Bullock’s performance, saying that “the actress is wonderfully self-resilient”,[18] “mesmerizing, delivers an incredibly nuanced performance that is emotionally complex and fully lived-in.”[19] TheWrap has highly praised the actress, adding that “she is brilliant... her performance was equally terrifying and fascinating to watch.“[20] Scott Mendelson from Forbes wrote one of the biggest movie stars in the world (Bullock)... is terrific![21]


  1. ^ "Bird Box". AFI Fest. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Film and Television Tax Credit Program Program 2.0 (PDF) (Report). California Film Commission. p. 9. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "DETROIT PROUD: Josh Malerman". CBS. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Kit, Borys. "'Mama' Director to Helm Adaptation of 'Bird Box' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "Eric Heisserer In Talks To Adapt 'Bird Box' For Universal". Deadline. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Kroll, Justin. "Sandra Bullock to Star in Netflix Thriller 'Bird Box'". Variety. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin. "John Malkovich Joins Sandra Bullock in 'Bird Box'; Eyes Peter Berg's 'Mile 22' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Sandra Bullock's 'Bird Box' Rounds Out Starry Cast (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda. "James Landry Hebert, Adam Bartley Cast In 'Donnybrook'; Amy Gumenick Joins 'Bird Box'". Deadline. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Machine Gun Kelly Joins Sandra Bullock in Thriller 'Bird Box'". Variety. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  11. ^ N'Duka, Amanda. "David Dastmalchian Joins Sandra Bullock In Netflix's 'Bird Box'". Deadline. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Susanne Bier Begins Filming Netflix Movie Bird Box". Nordic Drama. October 31, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  13. ^ Hammond, Pete (October 11, 2018). "AFI Fest Adds Gala Screenings 'Green Book', 'Widows', World Premiere Of Netflix's 'Bird Box' With Sandra Bullock And 'The Kominsky Method' TV Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  14. ^ Malkin, Marc. "Netflix Cancels Sandra Bullock's 'Bird Box' AFI Fest Red Carpet as California Fires Continue to Rage". Variety. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  15. ^ Parfitt, Orlando (January 22, 2018). "15 Netflix Original movies to look out for in 2018". Screen International. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "Sandra Bullock is a Bright Spot in 'Bird Box'". Slash Film. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  17. ^ McCarthy, Todd. "'Bird Box' Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  18. ^ Debruge, Peter. "Sandra Bullock in 'Bird Box'". Variety. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  19. ^ Mirabella, Lucas. "'Bird Box' is a Gripping Dystopian Nightmare". LAtfUSA. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  20. ^ Machado, Yolanda. "Sandra Bullock Battles Her Fears in Thoughtful Thriller". The Wrap. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  21. ^ Mendelson, Scott. "Netflix's 'Bird Box,' With Sandra Bullock, Is Worth Seeing In A Theater". Forbes. Retrieved November 15, 2018.

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