Cameron Diaz opens The Box

Aiming to put the beleaguered Southland Tales behind him, Richard Kelly is focusing on his next project, long-gestating horror tale The Box.

And he’s certainly moved forward - Cameron Diaz has just agreed to star in the movie, which Kelly adapted from Richard Matheson’s short story Button, Button. The tale has a young woman presented with a strange box by a stranger. All she knows is that certain things will happen based on which button she presses. And, since it’s a creepy tale that can only mean bad things.

"My hope is to make a film that is incredibly suspenseful and broadly commercial, while still retaining my artistic sensibility," Kelly blabbed to Variety. Translation: “My last film was a nightmare. Please let this one go smoothly!”

With $30 million to spend on scaring us all, Kelly plans to start shooting in November.

The Total Film team are made up of the finest minds in all of film journalism. They are: Editor Jane Crowther, Deputy Editor Matt Maytum, Reviews Ed Matthew Leyland, News Editor Jordan Farley, and Online Editor Emily Murray. Expect exclusive news, reviews, features, and more from the team behind the smarter movie magazine.