With pretty girl and boy Cameron Diaz and James Marsden in starring roles, The Box sounds like a romantic comedy concerning a heart-shaped cardboard object, but that’s not the case. Rather, it’s a heebie-jeebie thriller based on a short story (“Button, Button”) written by one of my writing heroes, Richard Matheson. As if his celebrated I Am Legend novel isn’t amazing enough, Matheson is also known for his stockpile of The Twilight Zone scripts, having shared head writer duties with my other scribe idol, Rod Serling. Two of my most-prized possessions are books that include handfuls of Matheson’s T-Zone screenplays. The man is a literary titan, folks.
Richard Kelly adapting a Richard Matheson work……in theory, it doesn’t get much more promising than that. Fortunately, this first trailer for The Box doesn’t disappoint, though it’s tone feels a bit too horror-y—-if the film is honoring “Button, Button,” it should be more of a psychological thriller than full-on scareshow. Time will reveal. For now, though, sit back and enjoy the trailer, which gives off a nice The Shining vibe that I wasn’t expecting. Seems like Richard Kelly is back on track: