10 surprising things you probably didn't know about 'Bird Box'

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for „Bird Box.“

  • Netflix’s movie „Bird Box“ was originally based on a book that came out in 2014.
  • Two actors in the thriller film, Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson, don’t actually like being scared.
  • Bullock was actually blindfolded during filming.
  • The creatures were almost revealed and Bullock said they were green and „snake-like.“ 

You’ve seen the memes. You’ve seen the reviews. And, by now, you’ve likely seen the thrilling new Netflix film „Bird Box.“ Over Christmas weekend, the thriller began streaming on Netflix and it quickly garnered millions of views.

Starring actors like 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. Unable to look outside lest they face a violent death, Malorie, played by Sandra Bulock, and her two children try to find safety. 

Here are some behind-the-scenes secrets you 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. Published in 2014, aka before „A Quiet Place,“ 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 morbid than the Netflix version. Although Malorie and the kids arrive at the sanctuary unharmed in both versions, the novel’s ending reveals that everyone in the sanctuary has been forcefully blinded. 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.“


This isn’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.

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