‘Mama’ Director, ‘Elm Street’ Writer Team For ‘Bird Box’!

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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.

 
  • ThunderDragoon

    With that picture, you got me excited for some FD6 news. FD5 almost quadrupled its budget internationally so we should be hearing about an FD6 soon.

  • Tomie Kawakami

    I thought this was gonna be FD news I am upset.

  • DarrelDreadful

    Haha! I too jumped ahead of myself thinking this was about FD6. That camp has surprisingly been quiet for a while now.