Eli Roth (Cabin Fever) is gearing up for his next feature, The Box, a psychological thriller loosely derived from an episode of CBS’ 1980s revival of The Twilight Zone. Inside you’ll find some news regarding this team up with the incredible Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) along with some extra word from Eli Roth directly, he says, “We are going to make the sickest, most twisted, disturbing film we can get away with.” Read on for tons more!
Eli Roth Speaks Below!: Variety reports that “Garden State” producers Camelot Pictures will finance and produce the horror pic The Box, which will be directed by Cabin Fever helmer Eli Roth and co-written by Donnie Darko genius Richard Kelly.
Roth and Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko”) adapted the screenplay from the Richard Matheson short story “Button, Button,” which also served as the basis of a 1986 episode of “The Twilight Zone” that aired on CBS.
“The Box” revolves around an unhappy married couple who receive a small wooden box on their doorstep. At the push of a button, the box brings its bearer instant wealth — and instantly kills someone the bearer doesn’t know.
I contacted Eli about the film, to express my excitment, and here’s what he had to say, “This film is going to be much more of a psychological straight down the middle horror film, very different in tone from “Cabin Fever.” After watching Japanese horror films like “Ju-On: The Grudge” and “Suicide Circle” and anything by Takashi Miike, I am inspired to make a film that is equally as disturbing and scary, if not more so. The Asian films have raised the bar far above our heads, and it’s time to step it up or we will forever drown in mediocrity. Richard Kelly is the best writer I know, and someone who thinks completely outside the box, (no pun intended.) We are going to make the sickest, most twisted, disturbing film we can get away with. It’s going to be a lot of fun.“
Damn is Eli Roth a blessing from God or what? Not only did he prove he can make a refreshing flick, but he has some kick ass taste in movies… no?
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