Twitchfilm has the first image of the titular box from Richard Kelly’s next film, which is an adaptation of the six page Richard Matheson story Button, Button (previously adapted for the 1980s Twilight Zone revival). The box from The Box seems to have some sort of a snow globe on top of it, but that’s not what I’m interested in. What caught my eye is the film’s synopsis, which Twitch also has:
The gripping story of a desperate couple, Norma (Cameron Diaz) and Arthur Lewis (James Marsden), who are faced with a terrible dilemma when a mysterious glass box turns up at their door. If they press the button inside the box, they’ll get enough money to save their ailing son, but in exchange, someone, somewhere in the world will die. When the temptation to save their beloved son becomes too much to bear, Norma pushes the button. Immediately, a gunshot rings out somewhere nearby. Consumed with guilt. Norma must do everything in her power to solve a murder she has knowingly caused.
I was wondering how Kelly’s film would expand the very short story, and I guess turning it into some sort of a mystery is the answer. Oh well. That certainly is less cool than it could have been – but then again it’ll likely be much better than Kelly’s latest disaster, Southland Tales. I know some people who have read the script to The Box and they all have said very positive things, so I’ll hope that the synopsis is just the tip of the story.