Universal Pictures acquired rights to Josh Malerman’s manuscript Bird Box in February, and now the studio has set genre writer Eric Heisserer to adapt the upcoming book.
Mama director Andy Muschietti is set to direct the pic, which will be produced by Scott Stuber, Chris Morgan and Barbara Muschietti.
HarperCollins’ Ecco label acquired Malerman’s debut novel in August in a six-figure deal to publish it in 2014. “The story follows a woman and two children — all of them blindfolded — who make their way down a river in a seemingly post-apocalyptic setting.”
Heisserer is a genre specialist whose credits include the screenplay for the A Nightmare On Elm Street reboot in 2010, and 2011’s Final Destination 5, pictured, and The Thing. He just wrapped production on Hours, which stars Paul Walker and Génesis Rodríguez and which he wrote and directed. He will also serve as executive producer on Bird Box.