[Updated to include exact quote from Kelly]
I spoke with Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) this morning about his third film, The Box, which will be out in theaters in October 30. But while I was there, I couldn’t resist asking him about a cryptic Twitter message he sent out last week, saying that he’d completed his next script, and that it’d be an expensive film. Hit the jump to hear a few details about what I found out.
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Richard Kelly has posted on Twitter the final poster for his upcoming sci-fi thriller The Box. And AICN has a first look at a Comic-Con exclusive poster for Matthew Vaughn‘s Kick-Ass, drawn by series artist John Romita, Jr. Vaughn, Romita and some of the cast will apparently be on hand from 3:15-4:00pm fto sign the poster for fans prior to their Hall H presentation at 5:45pm. Location information will be revealed later.
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Warner Bros has officially announced the panels they will be presenting at the 2009 SAn Diego Comic-Con International. Films include The Final Destination, Where The Wild Things Are, The Book Of Eli, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Box, Jonah Hex, Sherlock Holmes, and Shorts. Full information after the jump.
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The first trailer for Richard Kelly‘s new film The Box has appeared, and it appropriately tries to push a few buttons. The film stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as a couple with an increasingly desperate need for money. A box mysteriously appears on their doorstep, followed by Frank Langella, who presents an offer: push the button on the box and someone unknown to them will die, and they’ll be given a payment of one million dollars. The story is based off Richard Matheson‘s short story Button, Button. See the trailer after the jump. Read More »
As Comic Con approaches, we’ll be learning more and more about what we can expect at this year’s geek fest.
First up, I’ve learned that Derrick Comedy’s Mystery Team will not only have a booth on the convention floor, but will be holding a panel and a special sneak preview screening at the con. No word on the exact dates. Writers/stars Dominic Dierkes, Donald Glover, and DC Pierson, producer Meggie McFadden, and director/editor Dan Eckman will be on hand at the panel debuting an all-new Mystery Team short film. On the convention floor:
Come bust kid criminals with Oakdale’s best eighteen-year-old kid detectives the Mystery Team in their storefront slash crime lab. Meet the filmmakers, take pictures with actual setpieces, and submit a mystery of your own for solving.
Next up, Donnie Darko/Southland Tales director Richard Kelly says he will be making an appearance at the con to promote his upcoming sci-fi thriller The Box, starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella. The panel will take place on Friday, July 24th as part of the Warner Bros presentation. Cameron, James and Richard will be in attendance to present a first look at the trailer and “other cool stuff.”
More after the jump.
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Richard Kelly has posted a new update on his blog, and gave a bunch of updates on his new film The Box:
- WB is releasing the film on October 30, 2009. The release date has been shuffling around a bit, but this is common with studios, and everyone feels like this is the best date for the film
- The film is completely finished. Principal photography was completed in March 2008, and it was officially delivered to WB right before Christmas 2008. A March 2009 release was briefly considered, but a Fall 2009 release was always a better fit.
- We shot in Massachusetts and Virginia. The film takes place predominantly in Virginia, 1976.
- The running time is 1 hour 55 minutes long including end credits.
- The film was digitally photographed using the Panavision Genesis camera. In my audio commentary on Tony Scott’s Domino, I mentioned that I would never shoot a 1970s period piece using a digital camera. My position on this changed when I saw David Fincher’s extraordinary Zodiac. It can be done.
- There is more than 300 visual effects shots, which required eight months of post-production. The digital work-flow of the Genesis was essential to completing these visual effects properly.
- Win Butler, Regine Chassagne (of Arcade Fire) and Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy, frequent collaborator with Arcade Fire) recorded more than 80 minutes of score for the film.
- Here is a list of artists whose songs appear in the film: GRATEFUL DEAD, DEREK & THE DOMINOS, WILSON PICKETT, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND, SCOTT WALKER
- The official website for the film is www.thebox-movie.com – it will unveil sometime this summer.
- This is my most personal film to date, and I’m very proud of how it turned out.
Walt Disney Pictures has announced a July 16th 2010 release for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Jon Turteltaub-directed family adventure film The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Marvel recently moved Thor out of the weekend, but now the Mouse House production will go head to head with Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi action film Inception. Disney has two other event films scheduled for Summer 2010: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time hits theaters on May 28th and Toy Story 3 will be released on July 18th.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros has set The Wachowski Brothers-produced James McTeigue-directed Ninja Assassin on November 25th 2009, up from a TBA 2010. Richard Kelly‘s sci-fi thriller The Box has been moved from November to Halloween weekend, up against Youth in Revolt, and a week after Saw VI.
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.
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Someecards has an awesome new ecard which takes aim at Indiana Jones, pictured above.
Up to three “Battlestar Galactica” TV movies might get made later this year. But no deals have officially been signed. [chicagotribune]
BenderSpink and FilmEngine announced they are making a Butterfly Effect 3. Who knew there was even a sequel? [shock]
FirstShowing noticed that The Incredible Hulk CGI has been upgraded in the recent tv spots. The photo on the left is from the first trailer. You’ll notice that they have added a t-shirt and have done a considerable amount of shading work.
Brian Levant (The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Are We There Yet?) has signed to direct a tv movie prequel to the two Scooby Doo films. [Moviehole]
BadTaste.it has two new italian WALL-E posters, seen above.
TwitchFilm has the first photo of Kevin Costner in The New Daughter.
David Poland calls the NYTimes story idiotic, insisting that the highest profile spot in the domestic summer will always have an out-of-competition premiere at Cannes because most of the movie critics are there.
Variety has one of the first reviews of Michel Gondry, Joon-ho Bong and Leos Carax’s Tokyo!: “First and arguably best of the bunch is Gondry’s deviously titled “Interior Design,” which opens on a dark and stormy night as young, self-deluded aspiring filmmaker Akira (Ryo Kase) and his supportive but directionless g.f. Hiroko (Ayako Fujitani) arrive in Tokyo. Gondry handles the light intrusion of Cronenbergian body-horror with minimal f/x and old-fashioned visual sleight-of-hand, keeping his camera focused on Fujitani’s engaging performance. The Gallic helmer may have a reputation for dazzling directorial whimsy, but his restraint pays off here in a work at once poignant and slyly Kafka-esque.”
Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and the stars of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull answered questions on seesmic. [Rejects]
Xbox.com is giving away five limited edition Indiana Jones customied XBox 360s.
Warner Bros has launched three viral sites to promote the upcoming release of Lost Boys: The Tribe: LunaBay.org, CCMPF.org, and FrogBrosBoards.com.
Vulture says that the Guerrilla Marketing is the Only Funny Thing About The Love Guru.
George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) announced that he and his long-time partner Brad Altman are now engaged to be married. [trekmovie]
Arcade Fire is not doing the score for Richard Kelly’s The Box after all. [playlist]
Oliver Stone’s W. began shooting in Shreveport on May 12th. [Variety]