Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Bird Box.”
- Netflix’s movie “Bird Box,” based on a 2014 book of the same name, was released to the platform on December 21.
- It’s garnered millions of views, according to the company, and generated many memes.
- Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about “Bird Box.”
You’ve seen the memes. You’ve seen the reviews. And, by now, you’ve likely seen the thrilling new Netflix film “Bird Box.” The thriller began streaming on Netflix over Christmas weekend, and it quickly garnered millions of views, according to the company.
Starring actors Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Trevante Rhodes, Rosa Salazar, Lil Rel Howery, and Sarah Paulson, “Bird Box” takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where there are unseen monsters that drive people to die by suicide if they see them. Unable to look outside lest they face a violent death, Malorie, played by Bullock, and her two children try to find safety.
Here are some behind-the-scenes secrets you probably didn’t know about “Bird Box.”
The movie is based on the novel of the same name.
Before it was a wildly popular Netflix movie, “Bird Box” was a novel written by Josh Malerman about a mother trying to survive with her children after monsters appear that can drive people to die by suicide if they see them.
Published in 2014 – before the horror film “A Quiet Place,” which was directed by John Krasinski and is about not being able to make a sound – the book has a four-star rating on Goodreads and over 10,000 reviews.
The movie’s ending was slightly different from the book’s.
Not to put a downer on an otherwise positive ending to a suspenseful film, but the original “Bird Box” ending was considerably more upsetting than the Netflix version. Although Malorie and the kids arrive at the sanctuary unharmed in both versions, the novel’s ending reveals that many people there had intentionally made themselves blind. In the movie, the sanctuary was a community for the blind.
In an interview with Polygon, director Susanne Bier said: “The movie is slightly more positive. The movie is, in many aspects, different from the book, but it’s also very rooted in the book. The book also has a kind of positive ending and I would not have wanted to do an apocalyptic movie that didn’t have a hopeful ending.”
It wasn’t the director’s first time filming a thriller.
“Bird Box” wasn’t the first thriller Danish filmmaker Bier has ever brought to life. She previously crafted the suspense in the series “The Night Manager,” which featured Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. Bier is also the director behind the 2014 film “Serena,” which starred Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
There’s a deleted scene that revealed what the creatures looked like.
Viewers never get to see the creatures that are attacking people who open their eyes, but screenwriter Eric Heisserer told Bloody Disgusting that the creatures were almost shown in the film. Bier said that the creatures scared Bullock at first but then kept making her laugh.
“It was a green man with a horrific baby face,” Bullock told Bloody Disgusting. “It was snake-like.” Although a lot of time was spent creating the creatures, they were ultimately cut from the film.
Sandra Bullock was actually blindfolded during filming.
That is an authentic blindfold on Bullock’s face in “Bird Box.” The actor revealed that she was blindfolded for at least half of the movie and she continually ran into the camera while filming her scenes.
Bier even told BBC that she suffered “sleepless nights” when Bullock refused to cut holes in her blindfold.
During scenes when Bullock was running while carrying children, she removed a layer of her blindfold.
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While on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Bullock said that during the scenes when she was running while carrying Boy and Girl she was careful not to hit them against trees or bump into things.
“Any time I had the kids and I had to run I had [the crew] eliminate one layer of the blindfold so I could see outlines,” Bullock said. The kids were also hooked onto her for safety purposes.
Bullock and Sarah Paulson don’t like being scared.
Both Bullock and her onscreen sister, Paulson, have revealed that they despise being scared – which may have made filming the thriller “Bird Box” a bit difficult.
“I don’t know how I found myself sort of working a lot in that genre,” Paulson told People, referring to the film and her work on “American Horror Story.”
According to Netflix, “Bird Box” had a record-breaking opening week for a Netflix film.
Exactly one week after its release, Netflix said more than 45 million accounts had streamed the film. The streaming service said in a tweet that this was the best opening week for a Netflix film ever. Of course, as CNN noted, what counts as a view isn’t clear – Netflix did not specify whether or not they counted accidental clicks or partial viewings.
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Bullock had never rowed before filming.
“We filmed in sequence,” she said in an interview with Kinowetter. “So when you see me pushing off the boat, getting into the water, I had never rowed a day in my life. But as we progressing filming, my rowing got better and better, like it would have for her.”
Bullock and Susanne Bier originally passed on the project.
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Seven years ago, when the “Bird Box” project was in its initial formation, both Bullock and Bier passed on the project. Bier said that she changed her mind after the political and social “atmospheres” changed and that the script feels “more relevant” now.
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