By now we’ve all heard about Lionsgate’s new terror flick for next October, Dibbuk Box, which is supposedly based on 100% true events (if not we’ve got a refresher for you), but one thing we don’t know are the plot details for the flick itself. That’s about to change.
According to Bloody Disgusting the film centers on Clyde Breneck and his 10-year-old daughter, Em, who purchases an antique box at a yard sale (the real-life story took place on eBay). With the box, Em accidentally releases an ancient spirit that has one goal: to devour her. Clyde must team work with his ex-wife to put an end to the curse.
Award-winning Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal (The Substitute) has been given the key to direct Dibbuk Box, a horror thriller from Lionsgate that Sam Raimi and his Ghost House partner Rob Tapert are producing.
The film is in the vein of The Exorcist or The Shining, based on real events that transpired after a family wound up in possession of a haunted box, setting off a harrowing struggle to rid themselves of the box’s evil curse.
Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (Knowing, Boogeyman) wrote the script. The origins of the project lie in a Los Angeles Times article written by Leslie Gornstein, titled “A Jinx in a Box” (even she was late to the party). The real-life box gained notoriety in 2004 when it sold on eBay (multiple times) after causing inexplicable bad fortune to its owners, which was attributed to a dibbuk — a malevolent spirit of Jewish folklore trapped in the haunted box. A January start is expected.
Lionsgate has secured the Sam Raimi-produced Dibbuk Box to arrive in theaters next Halloween weekend on October 28, 2011.
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