Bird Box, the upcoming sci-fi film from Netflix starring Sandra Bullock, may look like a companion film to A Quiet Place. But the director says her film is much more of a thriller than a horror piece — even though the book on which it’s based was specifically designed to scare its readers.
“Look, I cannot do horror,” Bird Box director Susanne Bier told The Hollywood Reporter.
Bier, who helmed The Night Manager, added that when she spoke with the producers about making the film, she made it clear that she was “much more interested in suspense and thrillers than horror.”
“I like things that are threatening but not gory. I don't know how you define the difference, but I was really clear about making a thriller,” she said.
Based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman, Bird Box follows Malorie (Bullock), a single mother attempting to keep her two kids safe in a post-apocalyptic world after an unknown invisible being causes people to see their worst fears and subsequently kill themselves. Okay, so that may not necessarily be the plot to a horror film, but it certainly sounds intense and upsetting!
The film, written by Eric Heisserer (Lights Out, Arrival), also stars John Malkovich, BD Wong, Lil Rel Howery, Jacki Weaver, and Sarah Paulson.
Bier also told the media outlet she found it “very satisfying” to helm a film with a “very strong female protagonist” in today’s political climate — and to have that film be a thriller on top of it all.
“We are at a crazy point in time, gender-wise and politics-wise, and at this point in time to have a very complex, very strong female protagonist is very satisfying,” said Bier. “And it's very satisfying to have it in the context of a thriller — it's not in the context of an art house movie, it's in the context of a movie that I hope will be very broad.”
Bird Box will have a limited theatrical run beginning December 13 before streaming on Netflix December 21.