Richard Kelly’s third film wraps up production but will it put the director back on track?

‘Donnie Darko’ director Richard Kelly has confirmed that production has wrapped on his third feature ‘The Box’. On his Myspace Blog, Kelly commented “I’ve been in Boston/Virginia directing my third movie and now I am back in LA and we have officially wrapped production on The Box.


The film is somewhat of a quick follow up to his second film ‘Southland Tales’ which barely saw the light of day in most cinemas despite its all star cast.


From what has been released about the film, it sounds as though Kelly has directed a mortality tale as two parents (played by Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) are faced with the terrible decision when a mysterious box turns up at their front door. If they press the button on the box (bear with me now), they’ll recieve enough money to save their dying son. The cost, however, is that someone, somewhere in the world will die as a result of their actions. The temptation to save her dying son becomes too much for mother Norma (Diaz) who pushes the ominous button. Simultaneously a gun shot goes off somewhere nearby. Consumed with guilt, Norma must do everything in her power to solve a murder she has knowingly caused. While the initial premise of the box itself may sound typical of the Donnie Darko director, the film does sound more main stream than his previous efforts. Let’s hope it pays off!

‘The Box’ is being distributed by Warner Brothers and does not have a release date set but is expected to be out later in 2008