Mama’s Andres Muschietti Signed on to Helm Horror/Apocalyptic Bird Box

Andres Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro on the set of Mama (2013) Movie Image

After hitting it big the first time out with “Mama” (based on his own short story), director Andres Muschietti has signed on to helm the intriguing sounding “Bird Box” for Universal.

The film will be based on an upcoming book by Josh Malerman, who is apparently also a musician/front man for a band I’ve never heard of called The High Strung. Ecco, a HarperCollins imprint, will publish the book in 2014.

So what’s “Bird Box” about that a big-time studio has already snapped up the rights and set a hot director to direct? Heat Vision describes the film thusly:

According to Publisher’s Weekly, which wrote about the book deal, the story centers on “a blindfolded threesome comprised of a woman and two children who make their way down a river in a seemingly postapocalyptic setting.”

Sources have described it to HV as being in the vein of Children of Men and The Others.

“Children of Men” and “The Others”? A sci-fi movie with apocalyptic themes crossed with a supernatural drama? Sounds intriguing, indeed.

Muschietti’s “Mama” was a surprise hit for Universal, and is set to surpass $100 million in worldwide box office, with $70 million of that coming from domestic audiences. The film was made on a budget of $15 million, and starred Jessica Chastain.