According to TwitchFilm.net, it seems like the Weinsteins have bought the North American distribution rights of Richard Kellyâ€˜s new horror-thriller “The Box”. The film is still in pre-production, but should be going in front of cameras shortly with a hefty $30 million budget.
The film is based on Richard Mathesonâ€˜s short story “Button, Button” and starring Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella and Sean William Scott. With Kellyâ€˜s curse of difficult distribution (Donnie Darkoâ€™s calamitous 2001 theatrical release and the forthcoming (Nov 14) year-and-a-half-late Southland Tales) who knows what will happen with the Brothers W. in charge of the release; hey, in an instance of reverse karma, things could actually go quite smoothly. Admittedly things Iâ€™ve been hearing about “The Box” indicate that it will be the directorâ€™s most mainstream effort to date (although NASA is somehow involved in the production, so donâ€™t count those normal chicks before theyâ€™ve hatched.) Distribution outside of the US was bought by Icon for UK, Australia and New Zealand and Eureka for South Korea.