Sonnenfeld pondering Fox's 'Box'


Barry Sonnenfeld is in negotiations to direct the supernatural action-adventurer "The Box" for 20th Century Fox. Southpaw Entertainment's Richard Lewis is producing.

Evan Spiliotopoulos is penning the screenplay, which serves up a contemporary take on the myth of Pandora's box.

"Box" centers on a college grad with an uncertain future who is tricked into opening the mythical box, unwittingly unleashing the evils trapped within. He then must team with Pandora to save the world from destruction.

Described as summer event film, "Box" is being fast-tracked by Fox. Emma Watts is overseeing the project for the studio.

"Box" returns Sonnenfeld to the genres that put him on the map with such movies as "The Addams Family" and "Men in Black." The director last's movie was the Robin Williams comedy "RV." He is repped by CAA and attorney Mel Weisel.

Spiliotopoulos, whose credits include "Pooh's Heffalump Movie," is writing "The Big Nasty" for Sony Pictures Animation and an animated version of "The Nutty Professor" for the Weinstein Co. He is repped by ICM.