It is easy to imagine that Netflix’s ‘Bird Box‘ got the idea for the film with ‘A Quiet Place’ being in production but director Susanne Bier has shared why the two films are actually quite different. Yes, they both take place in a post-apocalyptic world with female protagonists who need to cut off one of their senses to survive. However, the similarities stop there.
According to Bier:
“No, no, no. We were shooting [in April 2018] when we had heard of A Quiet Place, and we were almost finished editing when it came out. I think also what is one of the reasons why it keeps being compared to is … yes, they are post-apocalyptic thrillers, both of them, but more relevant is that they both have female protagonists and so few movies with female protagonists. And mothers. So they kind of tend to be compared. I think A Quiet Place is a great movie, but they’re very different.”
While many would like to try and suggest that this Sandra Bullock‘s film might have gotten the idea from ‘A Quiet Place,’ it just is an instance of lazy writing as ‘Bird Box’ is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman. One notable part about Bullock’s character in the film is how different she is from previous roles, and that is part of what sold Bier on directing it. She explains that:
“I got told that I should read the script relatively fast because it was something which could happen pretty fast, and Sandra Bullock was interested in starring. She and I met a few times and talked about working together. I got very interested in it. There was something really compelling about her playing that sort of woman who is not particularly accessible. She’s brutal, she’s harsh, she doesn’t talk nicely to the kids, but she wants to then to survive at any price, and I felt that her playing that part would just be really interesting. So I read it and expressed my interest and then at the same time it kind of moved from one of the studios to Netflix and then it happened very fast.”
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