Richard Kelly & Eli Roth Are Still Getting Into "The Box"

by | September 19, 2005 | Comments

A long-gestating project between "Donnie Darko‘s" Richard Kelly and "Cabin Fever‘s" Eli Roth, one that’s based on an unpublished story by genre giant Richard Matheson, may finally be getting underway, says Sci-Fi Wire.

"Writer/director Richard Kelly told SCI FI Wire that he’s still developing an SF movie called "The Box" with director Eli Roth, based on an unpublished story by Richard Matheson, with an eye to a 2006 start. "We are still just trying to get the script right," Kelly said in an interview on the set of his next movie, "Southland Tales," in Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Sept. 16. "I hope we make it early next year. Eli, I think, he wants to do it next. We’re dying to do it. It’s just us getting the script just right."

Kelly acquired the rights to Matheson’s story, which was turned into an episode of the 1980s TV show "The Twilight Zone" entitled "Button, Button."

The premise of the story is that a financially strapped couple is given a box with a button on top and told that if they push it, they’ll immediately receive $200,000, but someone they don’t know will die.

Kelly’s "Southland Tales" is currently in production with an eye to a 2006 release."

Eli Roth’s newest horror flick, "Hostel," just had it North American debut at the Toronto Film Festival.

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