What's inside The Box? We'll find out when Donny Darko director Richard Kelly's third film hits theaters October 30. Kelly's last film, Southland Tales, was a bloated, ambitious, overlong but somehow glorious ode to classic sci-fi tropes and screwball comedy. Some people loved it, most people hated it. Me? I saw it more than a year ago and I still can't get it outta my head. It was kind of a beautiful failure, you know. Something most rational people could only watch in parts and never all the way through in one sitting.
It seems Kelly is going for a more straightforward approach with The Box. The film is based on a short story by sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson, the writer of I Am Legend. Click through for the full poster, which Kelly posted today on Twitter, and more about the film.
The Box stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as a cash-strapped suburban couple who have the chance to turn things around thanks to a small magical box. The box, given to them by a mysterious stranger (the awesome Frank Langella) contains a button that will give the couple a million bucks every time they push it. Here's the catch: someone, somewhere dies every time they push the button.
Judging by the poster, this thing looks to be more of a thriller than the dark fantastical comedy I thought it would turn out to be. But I think we've learned by now not to judge Kelly films by their serious-looking posters.