Today, the latest effort from "Donnie Darko" director Richard Kelly -- recent MTV Movies Blog guest editor -- hits theaters: "The Box." It's a creepy flick, following a married couple who receive a mysterious package in the mail containing an ornate box with a big, red button set into it. They learn that pressing the button will earn them $1 million, but at the cost of the life of someone they don't know. Sort of a Sophie's Choice: poor and guilt-free vs. wealthy and burdened.
Now that the movie's out, it's time for Kelly to start thinking about what's next. The subject actually came up during a recent interview he gave to Ain't It Cool News. Since "Twilight" is all the rage these days, the conversation inevitably turned in that direction. There's one movie left without a director, and Kelly's keeping his options open.
"I don't even know if [Summit Entertainment] would ever be interested in someone like me. I'm certainly keeping an open mind," Kelly said. If he sticks to his guns on what he said, "The Box" will be the last "very personal... straight from the bone marrow" movie he makes for some time. "Southland Tales" and "Donnie Darko" before it were products of the same sort of introspection, and Kelly has decided that it may be time to test his skill in cooperation with someone else's work.
"Now, more than ever, I think I'm open to doing something that isn't an original or that's something from another script," he explained. "I'm just trying to keep my mind open to any possibilities that might present themselves."
Now to be fair, it's the interview who brings up "Breaking Dawn" (not even by name), not Kelly. And his response isn't really specific to any one franchise; "Twilight" is simply a peg to hang the query on. Still, you fans of idle speculation can have fun chewing this one up.
Personally, I don't think we'll be seeing Kelly in the director's chair for "Breaking Dawn." Which isn't to say that he can't do it, I just don't think it's the right fit, stylistically. He's a talented filmmaker and I think he's going to find the right script to knock out of the park as a "Box" follow-up, but the final chapter in the "Twilight" saga probably isn't it.
How about you? Kelly for "Breaking Dawn"? If not him, then who? Want to see Slade, Weitz or Hardwicke come back, or would to prefer to see some new blood? Or perhaps all three should come back, with each directing a different part of the three-part book?