With The Possession winning this weekend’s box office, its producer, Sam Raimi, was asked about the possibility of further stories to be told in the universe of the film’s antagonistic Dybbuk box, and it seems Ghost House Pictures is ready to proceed if all the right pieces come together.
Chatting with MTV, Raimi said, “There are so many tales of the original Dybbuk box that never made it to the screen in this version. It’s really out there, that thing. People do have so many stories. Ghost House Pictures has gone ahead and purchased the rights to their stories to make into a film so [a sequel is] possible. But I think it will all depend on if Ole Bornedal was interested and if a very meaningful screenplay could be written from the remaining materials.”
As for why he was interested in the Dybbuk myth in the first place, Raimi explained, “I had read Paddy Chayefsky’s The Tenth Man. It was really scary. That was the only piece I had read about a Dybbuk, the demon of Jewish lore, in a story. When I read this Los Angeles Times article that was written by Leslie Gornstein called “Jinx in a Box,” I thought it was really scary. I’m Jewish, but I hadn’t much thought about what my religion believes as far as the supernatural. All I’d seen were really dramatized films like The Exorcist or The Omen, which are more or less based on the New Testament. This is an Old Testament demon, which is very scary to me. Part of me was curious, part of me thought it was very original. Reading the website for the Dybbuk box, it was just terrifying. It seemed like it was real.”
There are a few other choice tidbits in the interview, including Raimi mentioning he’s already thinking about putting the amazing young Possession star Natasha Calis (“Emily”) in his next picture, so be sure to hit the link at the bottom of the page for the rest.
Click here for The Horror Chick’s review of The Possession.
Click here for Pestlience’s review of The Possession from the 2012 Film4 FrightFest.
The Possession centers upon a family who find themselves in possession of a haunted box and their struggles to get rid of its evil curse. The jumping off point is a true story culled from the Leslie Gornstein-bylined Los Angeles Times article “A Jinx in A Box” (July 2004).
Based on true events, The Possession is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.
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