The good news is that you’re going to be able to see the Sundance Film Festival sensation 500 Days of Summer one week earlier. The bad news is that Fox Searchlight has decided to release the film on Friday, July 17th 2009, the same day that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters. But don’t worry, chances are the initial release will be limited, possibly only Los Angeles and New York, expanding slowly nationwide in the weeks that follow.
Also, according to Box Office Mojo, Richard Kelly‘s Twilight Zone-ish scifi thriller The Box has been moved back from November 6th to November 25th. Probably a good move considering it was originally set to go up against Universal’s The Wolf Man, the Wes Anderson animated adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox and Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol. The film is now set to go head to head with Nine and Old Dogs, but its worth mentioning that the Twilight sequel New Moon is scheduled to hit theaters five days earlier.
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Richard Kelly’s new film The Box finished shooting four plus months ago, and the first test screening is supposedly later this week. So we can probably expect to see the movie in theaters in October, November or December, right? Wrong.
According to Collider, Warner Bros is planning a 2009 release for the Donnie Darko director’s ney’s w sci-fi film. Not only that, but the date they are eyeing is over a year away – September 11th 2009. Why are they interested in a date so far away? And why September 11th? Does the date have anything to do with the plot? Not that I’m aware of. Of course, everything could change if the test screening scores are through the roof.
The Box tells the story of Norma and Arthur Lewis (James Marsden and Cameron Diaz), a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger, delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world; someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.
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Â Last week when it was revealed that a Donnie Darko sequel S. Darko was about to enter into production, we passed along an e-mail with someone we know at Darko Entertainment that assured us that “Richard, Sean, and every ounce of Darko Entertainment are 150% NOT INVOLVED.” Now Richard Kelly has decided to come out of the editing room on The Box to publicly denounce involvement in the sequel:
“To set the record straight, here’s a few facts I’d like to share with you all – I haven’t read this script. I have absolutely no involvement with this production, nor will I ever be involved,” writes Kelly. “I have no control over the rights from our original film, and neither I nor my producing partner Sean McKittrick stand to make any money from this film.”
Kelly says that he has spent the last few months editing The Box, and teases that they have stared “to work with a very famous band who is honoring us with being the first fillmmakers they’ve ever scored a film with.” Any guesses? Expect an announcement sooner rather than later.
Earlier this month you got a look at the first photo from Richard Kelly‘s The Box. We followed that up last week with a behind the scenes video segment courtesy of NASA television. And now USA Today gives us our first look at the cast. The new production photo features stars James Marsden and Cameron Diaz as Arthur and Norma Lewis, sitting around the mysterious box.
Update: We have added a bunch of new photos below.
Kelly calls The Box his “first grown-up film” and the article also reveals that the film’s “embellishments include ’70s kitsch, teleporting and the 1976 Viking mission to Mars.” So yes, there is much more to this story than a mysterious box.
The wind tunnel at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA serves as a command module for Frank Langella’s sinister Arlington Steward. “The toy soldiers give an indication of what Stewerd might be up to,” says Kelly.
Based on the short story by Richard Matheson, “The Box” stars Cameron Diaz as Norma Lewis and James Marsden as Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child who receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger, played by Frank Langella, delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the worldâ€¦someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.
Discuss: Richard Kelly’s feature debut Donnie Darko was amazing. His follow-up, Southland Tales bombed both critically and financially. Is Richard Kelly a one hit wonder OR could The Box be the return of the great sci-fi morality tale?
This Week at NASA has some cool (possibly spoilerish) behind the scenes set footage from Richard Kelly‘s The Box. Kelly shot on location at Langley for the last week of filming. Watch the footage in the player below.
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“In the footage you will see brief glimpses of some of the (very large) sets constructed for the film in the large-scale wind tunnel, which has never been used in a motion-picture… until now!” says Kelly.
You can also read more about one of the sets, NASA’s oldest operating wind tunnel, which was officially de-commissioned in 1995, on NASA.gov. Seems to me like there are some very strange locations for a sci-fi film which starts off so very simple. Looks like we know so little about the whole story. Speaking of the story, the first official plot synopsis can be found below.
Based on the short story by Richard Matheson, “The Box” stars Cameron Diaz as Norma Lewis and James Marsden as Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child who receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger, played by Frank Langella, delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world…someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.
A mysterious stranger shows up on the doorstep of a desperate married couple’s (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) home with a mysterious box. If they press the button inside the box, they’ll instantly get the money to save their ailing son, but in exchange, someone, somewhere in the world will die.Â But the temptation to save their dying son becomes too much, and Norma (Diaz) pushes the dreaded button and a gun shot goes off somewhere nearby. Consumed with guilt, Norma must do everything in her power to solve a murder she has knowingly caused. That is the plot synopsis for Richard Kelly‘s new film The Box. Check out the first photo from the film above (please excuse the poor resolution, it’s the best we’ve got).
Kelly exploded onto the scene with the cult hit Donnie Darko, before releasing the highly criticized Southland Tales (which suffered a quick box office death. The Box is Kelly’s first attempt at a mainstream film. It’s an attempt at redemption. Kelly wrote the script based on a short story “Button Button” by Richard Matheson. The story also became the basis for a Twilight Zone episode in the Night Gallery years.
Discuss: Would you press the button to save your (theoretical) dying kid in exchange for the life of a stranger?
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