What if someone gave you a box containing a button that, if pushed, would bring you a million dollars…but simultaneously take the life of someone you don’t know? Would you do it? And what would be the consequences?
The year is 1976. Norma Lewis (Cameron Diaz) is a teacher at a private high school and her husband, Arthur (James Marsden), is an engineer working at NASA. They are, by all accounts, an average couple living a normal life in the suburbs with their young son…until a mysterious man with a horribly disfigured face appears on their doorstep and presents Norma with a life-altering proposition: the box. With only 24 hours to make their choice, Norma and Arthur face an impossible moral dilemma. What they don’t realize is that no matter what they decide, terrifying consequences will have already been set in motion. They soon discover that the ramifications of this decision are beyond their control and extend far beyond their own fortune and fate.
“The Box” was directed by Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko”), from his own screenplay based on the short story “Button, Button” by Richard Matheson. Kelly also produced the film alongside Sean McKittrick and Dan Lin, with Sue Baden-Powell, Ted Field, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis, Terry Dougas and Edward H. Hamm Jr. serving as executive producers.
Heading the film’s cast as Norma and Arthur Lewis are Cameron Diaz (“My Sister’s Keeper,” “The Holiday”) and James Marsden (“27 Dresses,” “Enchanted”). Oscar® nominee Frank Langella (“Frost/Nixon”) also stars as the mysterious stranger Arlington Steward.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Steven B. Poster (“Southland Tales”), production designer Alec Hammond (“Flightplan”), editor Sam Bauer (“Donnie Darko”) and costume designer April Ferry (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”). Original music is by Win Butler, Régine Chassagne and Owen Pallett of the Montreal-based indie rock band Arcade Fire.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Radar Pictures, “The Box.” Opening in theaters on November 6, 2009, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. “The Box” has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images.