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  • Richard Kelly’s The Box

    By | April 6, 2009


    The man behind the cult hit Donnie Darko and commercial bomb (which I actually liked) Southland Tales has his next work in progress on the way called The Box. Below is the premise:

    Norma and Arthur Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child who receive an anonymous gift bearing fatal and irrevocable consequences. A simple wooden box, it promises to deliver its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world…someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and face the true nature of their humanity.
    Richard Kelly had this to say about the film via his MySpace blog:


    Thursday, April 02, 2009 

    THE BOX – ­ FAQ

    Hello everyone,

    It’s been a while since I’ve blogged (been busy completing the script for FILM #4), so I thought I’d give some facts on THE BOX, just to clarify things for people.


    – WB is releasing the film on October 30, 2009.  The release date has been shuffling around a bit, but this is common with studios, and everyone feels like this is the best date for the film.


    – The film is completely finished.  Principal photography was completed in March 2008, and it was officially delivered to WB right before Christmas 2008.  A March 2009 release was briefly considered, but a Fall 2009 release was always a better fit.


    – We shot in Massachusetts and Virginia.  The film takes place predominantly in Virginia, 1976.


    – The running time is 1 hour 55 minutes long including end credits.


    – The film was digitally photographed using the Panavision Genesis camera.  In my audio commentary on Tony Scott’s Domino, I mentioned that I would never shoot a 1970s period piece using a digital camera.  My position on this changed when I saw David Fincher’s extraordinary Zodiac.  It can be done.


    – There is more than 300 visual effects shots, which required eight months of post-production. The digital work-flow of the Genesis was essential to completing these visual effects properly.


    – Win Butler, Regine Chassagne (of Arcade Fire) and Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy, frequent collaborator with Arcade Fire) recorded more than 80 minutes of score for the film.


    – Here is a list of artists whose songs appear in the film:  GRATEFUL DEAD, DEREK & THE DOMINOS, WILSON PICKETT, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND, SCOTT WALKER


    -The official website for the film is – it will unveil sometime this summer.


    This is my most personal film to date, and I’m very proud of how it turned out. 


    So that’s an update from me.
    I will continue to update you as things progress ­ and expect more updates from our company Darko Entertainment (





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