Sandra Bullock to Lead Post-Apocalyptic Thriller 'Bird Box' From 'Arrival' Writer


Sandra Bullock to Lead Post-Apocalyptic Thriller 'Bird Box' From 'Arrival' Writer


The 52-year-old actress has landed a lead role in the Netflix film, with Oscar-winning Danish helmer Susanne Bier on board to direct from a script written by Eric Heisserer.
While her new movie "Ocean's Eight" is in post-production, Sandra Bullock has already landed a lead role in Netflix's post-apocalyptic thriller "Bird Box". According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 52-year-old actress will star in the film, with Oscar-winning Danish helmer Susanne Bier on board to direct from a script written by Eric Heisserer ("Arrival").

The movie, based on a 2014 novel by Josh Malerman, is set in the near future, where a mother (Bullock) and her two young children are among a small group of survivors after a mysterious alien force has driven the world's population to deadly violence. The three must make their way on a terrifying journey - 20 miles in a rowboat - while blindfolded, with nothing to rely on but the mother's wits and the children's trained ears.

The project is produced by Dylan Clark in association with Chris Morgan and Clayton Townsend. It was developed by Scott Stuber at Universal, before he moved to Netflix to head its feature film division. Production on the film is expected to begin this fall, while a release date has yet to be announced.

Bullock recently wrapped production on "Ocean's Eight", the female-driven reboot of George Clooney's "Ocean's" trilogy. Also starring Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson and Mindy Kaling, it is set for a June 8, 2018 U.S. release.

Meanwhile, Bier is fresh off her Emmy win for directing "The Night Manager" for AMC. The 57-year-old helmer has been praised for being capable of making films that appeal to an international market, considering the fact that "After the Wedding" (2006) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and "In a Better World" (2010) went on to win the award in 2011.


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