Thursday, May 30, 2024

Exclusive: Sandra Bullock Getting Apocalyptic with “Night Manager” Director Susanne Bier


Where is Sandra Bullock? I feel like I haven’t heard the Oscar winner’s name in a while.

Well, the word is she’s agreed to star in “Bird Box,” directed by Susanne Bier of “The Night Manager” fame. (Funny, Bier was well known prior to the Tom Hiddleston series, but now she’s a star!)

“Bird Box” is based on an apocalyptic type thriller novel by Josh Malerman published in 2014. Bullock would play main character Malorie, mother of a pair of 4 year olds, trying to survive in the post-apocalyptic age.

The book received mixed reviews, so hopefully the screenplay by Eric Heisserer will come up with something more satisfying. Dylan Clark and Clayton Townsend are producing. Back in 2013, there were reports of a different director and producers, but the property was sold to Universal.

Oh yeah, so about Bullock: she’s been raising her kids, and making “Ocean’s Eight,” in which she plays the leader of the mostly female gang. “Bird Box” would be her first project since the disappointment of “Our Brand is Crisis,” a movie that apparently only I liked.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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