Don’t throw away your blindfolds just yet, there’s a Bird Box sequel on the way. Josh Malermann, who wrote the 2012 novel that inspired Netflix’s buzzy thriller, announced plans to write a follow up titled Malorie, slated to be released later this year.
In an recent interview with Esquire, Malermann said that he got the idea to write the sequel after watching the Netflix adaption of his book.
“In the time between Bird Box coming out and the time since I’ve been writing Malorie, I’ve been asked a ton of times: people want to know what happened with Boy and Girl. But as much as I care about Boy and Girl, this isn’t their story,” he told Esquire. “The Bird Box world is Malorie’s story, and I wanted to know more about her. I wanted to get to know her even better. At the end of the movie, I turned to my girl Allison and said, “I want to know what happens next!” and she’s like, “Well, you know, you could make that happen,” so it really was this warm feeling.”
While Netflix’s Bird Box left off with Malorie, Boy, and Girl finding solace at the school for the blind, the upcoming novel will focus more on Malorie and her story as she attempts to move on with her life after the chaos she endured. Malermann teases that in the new book, Malorie and her crew have already left the blind school. “It’s not like it opens with them in paradise,” he said, adding that “we get to know both Malorie and the creatures better.”
The hit thriller spawned a heap of hilarious memes and the #BirdBoxChallenge, which Netflix had to publicly warn fans against due to the danger it could cause. “Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE,” the streaming giant tweeted. “We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.”
So far, Netflix hasn’t announced plans to produce a movie sequel. but Malermann’s follow-up is expected to hit shelves this October.