Comic-Con 09: Live Blog from The Box

by nathanbloch   July 24, 2009 at 2:24PM  |  Views: 97

Richard Kelly, director of Donnie Darko, introduces his new film The Box by showing us a new trailer, which looks cool, but sadly isn't quite as interesting as other trailers screened here.

Kelly talks about a short story he read as a kid, which he optioned from the author, and how he set the story in 1976. James Marsden and Cameron Diaz join him onstage. "I didn't want to have to write that scene where Arthur Googles Arlington," he says about his decision to set the movie in this time frame. 

Marsden says, "What appealed to me, beyond working with Richard and Cameron, is the offer. You can rationalize it, people die every minute, every second, and a million dollars is a lot of money in 1976 and it becomes a moral test. As an actor I have to put myself in this environment, and what would the repercussions of this be."

Cameron mentioned in passing someone "from Mars", which makes one wonder whether this has something to do with the story. Kelly had mentioned that he based his script off events that happened in NASA in '76.

"It's the kind of movie where I hope people ask themselves what would they do in this situation," Kelly says. "There's a lot of people living in the world right now dealing with the consequences of living beyond your means."

"I had the most normal upbringing, and maybe it was because my upbringing was so normal that it made me write crazy stories about the rabbit and jet engines falling from the sky," Kelly says about where he gets his ideas for his scripts. "This movie is really a tribute to my parents in a way. There's not a single swear word."

"It's an old-fashioned suspense film I think they would want. They introduced me to Alfred Hitchcock, and it's sort of for them," Kelly continues.

"What I really love about sci-fi is it comes from the creative intellectual trying to answer these existential questions we have. And when I read Richard's script, there's so much we have to find out about ourselves in terms of pushing this button," Cameron says. "My dad was always into sci-fi."

"Really, when you see this film, the pacing of this film is very Kubrick," she says.

Marsden is asked whether he'll be in the new Superman, and he says, "You probably know more about that film than I do. I don't know anything about that film."

A member of the audience asks Kelly if it's difficult to find financial backing for his films, and he says that Cameron signing on changed his life, and he thanks her. Cameron says that he changed her life, too. Kelly jokes that hopefully The Box will make more than one million dollars at the box office. He says that The Box is the most personal film he's ever made.

Kelly tells the audience that under one of their chairs is a poster for the movie taped under their chair, and whoever has the poster gets a free prop of the box that's autographed. A girl finds the poster and goes upstage to get the box and hugs Kelly and shakes hands with James and Cameron.

If you missed the original trailer, check it out below:

Source: Warner Bros.

 

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