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?
As you already know, Frank Langella has been cast in Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly‘s upcoming film The Box. Our friends at Rotten Tomatoes interviewed the veteran actor who admitted that he didn’t even know who Richard Kelly was. Read the hilarious quote below.
“I met Rich Kelly and his producing partner, Sean McKittrick, the other day having had long conversations on the phone, and I didn’t know they were the director and producer. I thought there were, like, AD assistants. I met a much older woman who was doing the clothes and these two young guys kept talking and interrupting her and I finally said, ‘What do you do in the movie?’ and he said, ‘I’m the director.’ I said, ‘Oh, okay. You’re my boss.'”
How funny is that? Don’t worry Richard, that just means you’re young and have a lot of movies left in you! We’ve got your back!
Cameron Diaz has signed on to star in Richard Kelly’s The Box. Kelly, best known for his directorial debut turned cult fav Donnie Darko, wrote the script based on a short story (“Button Button”) by Richard Matheson. The story was also the basis for a Twilight Zone episode in the Night Gallery years. Eli Roth was originally set to direct the film, but became Hollywood’s horror golden boy. Some people say that Roth also worked on the script, but the official film announcment doesn’t mention anything of Roth. Kelly intends to direct the $30 million PG-13 (arg) horror film, with production set to begin this fall.
In The Box, Diaz will play a young woman in 1976 who is given a mysterious (you guessed it) box by a stranger. She’s told that certain things will happen depending on which buttons she presses. The box makes her instantly wealthy, but little does she realize that opening the box also kills someone she does not know.
I’m glad to see that someone is giving Kelly another chance after the whole Southland Tales fiasco (we’re still anxiously awaiting that flick, but not holding our breath).Â Variety has posted the following quote from Kelly, worries me greatly:
“My hope is to make a film that is incredibly suspenseful and broadly commercial, while still retaining my artistic sensibility,” Kelly said. “I am especially excited to be working with Cameron Diaz, an actress I have always admired.”
We’ve been anxiously awaiting Richard Kelly’s follow-up to Donnie Darko for a while now. An early cut of the movie premiered at Cannes 2006 to negative reviews, and not much has been heard from the film since. Kelly posted an update on his MySpace blog, claiming that they are still waiting for money to finish the visual effects.
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