Award-winning Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal has signed on to direct the horror thriller Dibbuk Box, from Lionsgate with Sam Raimi and his Ghost House partner Robert G. Tapert producing, according to Heat Vision.

The film is described in the vein of The Exorcist or The Shining, and is 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 wrote the script, based on a Los Angeles Times article written by Leslie Gornstein, titled "A Jinx in a Box."

The real-life box gained notoriety in 2004 when it sold on eBay 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.

Lionsgate has greenlit the project and hopes to begin production in January 2011.