A couple of weeks ago, we brought you a story on the upcoming movie, “The Box.”
Directed by Richard Kelly, the movie is based on the six-page Richard Matheson story, “Button, Button.” The script expanded the intial concept of Matheson’s story and explored some of the implications of the choice central to the story.
In the movie, Cameron Diaz and James Marsden star as a couple who are given an unusual choice. A stranger comes to their door, offering them a substanital sum of money if they push a button on the box. If they do, someone in the world will die.
The film, which is one of the more anticipated of the fall season, was set to open at the end of October. News came out last week that the film has been moved back a week to give the latest installment in the “Saw” franchise a wider berth. The studio thought that two movies dividing fan attention at the box-office might doom “The Box” at the box-office.
Or maybe it was star Cameron Diaz who has doomed the picture. During the recent Comic Con panel on the film, Diaz blurted out part of the story and potentially the twist from the end of the film.
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“Richard helped us by making it not just people from Mars as well,” Diaz says inadvertently revealing Langella’s character is an alien. “There had to be someone testing mankind as well. As Jimmy was saying, ‘Keep it simple,’ but the example of ‘Are we alone? Are we the only ones out there? Is it just us or is there someone else to push the button as well?’”
Director Kelly helped cover the gaffe and downplayed it a bit. However, it’s not certain how much of the film Diaz may have SPOILED for fans. According to reports, members of the press and fans gathered had quite a few raised eyebrows when Diaz broke the news.
Of course, Diaz may have been helped by Gary Oldman, who firmly put his foot into his mouth during Comic Con. Oldman told fans that he thought the next Batman movie would begin filming next summer, something that is completely unconfirmed and denied by Warner Brothers.