As the writer and director of one of my favorite films of the year so far in the surprise horror hit Mama, Andrés Muschietti is now lining up his next directorial effort. Universal optioned the debut novel Bird Box from author and The High Strung frontman Josh Malerman and is looking to Muschietti as a potential helmer for the postapocalyptic picture. The studio is high on the debut director after the success of Mama, which brought in about five times its reported budget. Muschietti’s sister Barbara Muschietti co-wrote and produced Mama and will join Bird Box as a producer along with Scott Stuber and Chris Morgan. The search is still on for a writer. Hit the jump for more.