Dibbuk Box: According to Variety, following the success of The Grudge, which debuted at No. 1 this past weekend, Ghost House Pictures, the joint venture of Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Senator Intl., is opening up a Dibbuk Box.
Ghost House and Col are on a tear at the moment, coming off a $40 million opening weekend for Ghost House production The Grudge. Raimi is also at work for the studio on Spider-Man 3, due for release in 2007.
"Grudge" writer Stephen Susco will pen Dibbuk Box for the horror label. Story is a fictional retelling of L.A. Times writer Leslie Gornstein's article "Jinx in a Box," about an antique wooden box purchased on eBay that contained an evil spirit and was brought to America by a Holocaust survivor after WWII.
"Box" will center around a cursed relic containing mysterious familial tokens that is mistakenly purchased. The new owner must solve its mystery to save her own family.
Raimi and Tapert will produce the pic; Senator Intl.'s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane exec produce with Peter Schlessel and Stan Wertlieb. Jim Miller, Michael Kirk and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House.
"Gornstein's article is ideally suited to be retold in a film that distinctively captures and magnifies the most chilling aspects of this story. We envision this as a unique horror feature that is fundamentally engaging and frightening," Raimi said.
"Stephen knows what makes audiences tick and brings a fresh, contemporary take to horror," added Senator Intl. prexy Drake."Box" is the fourth pic produced by Ghost House Pictures. Shingle recently completed "Boogeyman," starring Barry Watson and to be released by Sony's Screen Gems in February. Label is also developing a horror pic to be directed by the Pang brothers from writer Stuart Beattie.
Pic is set in Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the U.S. In the middle of winter there, the sun sets and does not rise for more than 30 days and nights. From the darkness comes an evil force that strikes terror on the town, and all hope is pinned on a husband-and-wife cop team.