Online since: February 20th, 2006
Plot: A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a troubled married couple, who open
it and become instantly wealthy. Little do they realize that opening the box also kills
someone they do not know...
Cast: James MarsdenCameron Diaz, Frank Langella, Gillian Jacobs, Kal Thompson, Lisa K.
Wyatt, Frank Ridley
Director: Richard Kelly
Writer: Richard Kelly
According to Sci-Fi Wire, director Richard Kelly wrote on his MySpace.com blog that he
has wrapped production on THE BOX, his upcoming film adaptation of Richard Matheson's
short story. "I haven't blogged in a long time because, well, ... I've been in Boston/Virginia
directing my third movie!" Kelly wrote. "And now I am back in L.A., and we have officially
wrapped production on The Box." The film stars Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank
Langella. In the movie an unhappily married couple (Diaz and Marsden) receive a box from
a mysterious stranger (Langella), who tells them that pushing a button on the box will
award them with a large monetary sum, and simultaneously, someone the couple does not
know will die.
"My editors have been working nonstop, and we are beginning to work on the visual
effects, signing a composer, etc.," Kelly said. "As soon as Warner Brothers gives us a
release date, I will let you know." Director Richard Kelly wrote a script based on the 1970
short story "Button, Button" by author Richard Matheson. So, basically, it's a remake of
the Twilight Zone episode, which you can check out for yourself here.
According to Variety, Frank Langella will star with Cameron Diaz in THE BOX, a horror film
to be directed by "Donnie Darko" helmer Richard Kelly. The $30 million production is being
bankrolled by Media Rights Capital. Langella will play a stranger who presents a mysterious
box. A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a troubled married couple, who open it
and become instantly wealthy. Little do they realize that opening the box also kills
someone they do not know. Kelly wrote the script based on Richard Matheson's short
story "Button, Button." Basically it's a remake of The Twilight Zone episode Profile in
Silver/Button, Button. Kelly is producing with Sean McKittrick of his Darko Entertainment
shingle. Ted Hamm will be exec producer. Pic starts shooting mid-November.
By then Langella will have wrapped the film version of "Frost/Nixon" for Imagine and
director Ron Howard. Langella won the Tony award for his work in "Frost/Nixon" on
Broadway. In November, Roadside Attractions will release Langella's "Starting Out in the
Evening" which played at Sundance and Toronto. MRC, which pays star salaries along with
partial copyright ownership that gives talent a DVD windfall, also bankrolled "Babel" and
Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bruno."
According to Variety, Media Rights Capital has set Cameron Diaz to star in "The Box," a
horror film to be directed by "Donnie Darko" helmer Richard Kelly. Kelly wrote the script
based on Richard Matheson's short story Button, Button (which was prevously adapted as
a The Twilight episode). Alone Production will begin in the fall on the pic, which will aim for
a PG-13 rating. Diaz will play a young woman given a mysterious box by a stranger. She's
told that certain things will happen depending on which buttons she presses. Media Rights
Capital is committed to bankrolling the entire $30 million-plus budget, as it did with "Babel"
and will with Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bruno." Kelly and Sean McKittrick will produce and Ted
Hamm will be executive producer. Media Rights Capital won't begin the process of pursuing
distribution until the fall, though it is unclear when those deals will be made.
MRC, which pays star salaries along with partial copyright ownership that gives talent a
DVD windfall, has shown a knack for making distribution deals at the most advantageous
time. That's the model it used with Universal on "Bruno," which sold during the height of
"Borat" mania and secured a $42.5 million commitment to license rights in North America
and certain other territories. The recent $20 million opening of "1408" made the
star-driven, high-concept supernatural thriller "The Box" feel like a viable financial
proposition. "The storyline has all the commerciality of 'The Ring,' but with Richard and
Cameron, this film can rise to the level of 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Others,' " said Modi
Wiczyk, the former Endeavor agent who founded and runs MRC with Asif Satchu. "My hope
is to make a film that is incredibly suspenseful and broadly commercial, while still
retaining my artistic sensibility," Kelly said.