Cameron Diaz to Topline 'The Box' Adaptation!

Richard Kelly’s (Donnie Darko) adaptation of The Box has finally begun casting… in a big way. Media Rights Capital has set Cameron Diaz to star in the PG-13 horror film that is based on a Richard Matheson short story. Read on for the skinny on the highly anticipated project.

cameron062707 Cameron Diaz to Topline The Box Adaptation!Media Rights Capital has set Cameron Diaz to star in “The Box,” a PG-13 horror film that will be directed by “Donnie Darko” helmer Richard Kelly, according to Variety.

Kelly wrote the script based on a Richard Matheson short story. Production will begin in the fall.

Pic will cost north of $30 million and Media Rights Capital is committed to bankroll the entire film, as it did with “Babel” and Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno.”

Based on the Richard Matheson short story “Button, Button,” the film casts Diaz as a young woman who is given a mysterious box by a stranger. She’s told that certain things will happen depending on which buttons she presses.

Kelly and Sean McKittrick will produce and Ted Hamm will be executive producer.

Media Rights Capital won’t begin the process of pursuing distribution until the fall, though it is unclear when those deals will be made. MRC, which pays star salaries along with partial copyright ownership that gives talent a DVD windfall, has shown a knack for making deals at the most advantageous time.

That’s with Universal on “Bruno,” which sold during the height of Borat-mania and got a $42.5 million commitment to license rights in North America and certain other territories.

The recent $20 million opening of “1408″ made the star-driven high concept supernatural thriller “The Box” feel like a viable financial proposition.

“The storyline has all the commerciality of ‘The Ring,’ but with Richard and Cameron, this film can rise to the level of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘The Others,’” said Modi Wiczyk, the former Endeavor agent who founded and runs MRC with Asif Satchu.

“My hope is to make a film that is incredibly suspenseful and broadly commercial, while still retaining my artistic sensibility,” Kelly said. “I am especially excited to be working with Cameron Diaz, an actress I have always admired.”

CAA and the Firm rep Kelly, Diaz and McKittrick.

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