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Richard Kelly has a screenplay for an animated Southland Tales prequel

Nov. 29, 2010by:

Poor Richard Kelly.

The man broke onto the scene with DONNIE DARKO becoming a huge cult classic for a number of years, although far AFTER its theatrical release.

Later he tried going more commercial with THE BOX, which disappointed both critics and audiences alike.

In between he directed a very strange film called SOUTHLAND TALES, and despite featuring recognizable faces like The Rock, Justin Timberlake, Seann Wiliam Scott and Sarah Michelle Gellar and having a bit of a FIFTH ELEMENT vibe, it didn't catch on and is slowly fading into obscurity.

Now I don't subscribe to the theory that Kelly's misfortune is deserved. I liked DONNIE DARKO back when it was cool to (now it's cool to hate it). I actually thought THE BOX was pretty well done, and I appreciated most of the weirdness of SOUTHLAND TALES.

But as it turns out, the vast majority of those who saw it didn't realize that it was chapters 4-6 of a six chapter story, with the previous installments existing as graphic novels that few read.

Kelly recently spoke at Kevin Smith's Smodcastle, and had some news about what he's been working on.

“There is another screenplay in place. It’s funny because I wrote scripts that I handed over to Brett Weldele to illustrate for the graphic novel, and now I’ve taken that graphic novel and adapted it into a new screenplay, which is streamlined and more coherent. So it’s becoming so meta that I don’t know what”s reality anymore.”

“I knew I had bitten off more than I could chew. I knew that people wouldn’t understand Southland Tales unless they read the graphic novels. And .5% of the people who see this movie are going to have read the books… … But I still to this day feel like Southland Tales is an unfinished film, and if it takes me until I’m in a wheelchair breathing oxygen, I’m going to figure out how to advance the graphic novels further — whether its trying to put them together as a low budget animated film, whether it looks like Waltz with Bashir or it looks like one of The Animatrix prequels… I still want to figure out a way to tell the entire Southland Tales story over six chapters because I think it would make a lot more sense to people and I think people would reassess the entire film and what it is.”

So that's right, an animated SOUTHLAND TALES prequel could be in the works in the style of "THE ANIMATRIX." Do you think there's an audience here? Even if it was straight to DVD? Are there any actual actively interested SOUTHLAND fans out there or is he just talking to an abyss at this point?

Extra Tidbit: Behold the best moment of SOUTHLAND TALES: Drunk Justin Timberlake covering The Killers.
Source: SlashfilmSmodcast

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10:22AM on 02/24/2013

Animated prequel please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Im not surprised this movie didn't do well.The only thing Richard Kelly's guilty of is being too inspired.
Me and my girlfriend have spent quite a few hours dissecting and analysing both the graphic novels and the movie and it is now our favorite movie .Personally, I hated the movie the first few times I watched it .I find most great works of art to have this effect.
I think in time just like Brazil (or even citizen Kane), it will be vindicated.
The conceptual ambition of this movie and
Im not surprised this movie didn't do well.The only thing Richard Kelly's guilty of is being too inspired.
Me and my girlfriend have spent quite a few hours dissecting and analysing both the graphic novels and the movie and it is now our favorite movie .Personally, I hated the movie the first few times I watched it .I find most great works of art to have this effect.
I think in time just like Brazil (or even citizen Kane), it will be vindicated.
The conceptual ambition of this movie and the uncomfortable truths it forces us to confront about ourselves (psychologically and sociologically), means it will inevitably leave a bad taste in your mouth, but once you realize the dimensions of meaning to every statement in this movie, you will be grateful that Kelly had the courage and honesty to say what very few have addressed in such a fearless and cringeworthy manner.
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6:30PM on 11/30/2010

I'm with Kelley

I don't know why, but I am far from losing faith in Richard.
I don't know why, but I am far from losing faith in Richard.
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8:44AM on 11/30/2010
Not only am I part of the lucky - damn straight, I said LUCKY - .5% that read the graphic novels...

...but I am probably THE ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD who actually read all three graphic novels, AND watched the three days of the film, ON THE ACTUAL DAYS AND DATES THEY TOOK PLACE. June 30th-July 4th, 2008. Never again in history will anybody be able to do that...and I did.

Geeky? You bet. But did it help me understand AND appreciate the film for what it was? ABSOLUTELY.

So for this,
Not only am I part of the lucky - damn straight, I said LUCKY - .5% that read the graphic novels...

...but I am probably THE ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD who actually read all three graphic novels, AND watched the three days of the film, ON THE ACTUAL DAYS AND DATES THEY TOOK PLACE. June 30th-July 4th, 2008. Never again in history will anybody be able to do that...and I did.

Geeky? You bet. But did it help me understand AND appreciate the film for what it was? ABSOLUTELY.

So for this, me? You're damn straight I'm hip to THIS news!
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12:23AM on 11/30/2010
I read the books before seeing the movie and I still didn't get it.
I read the books before seeing the movie and I still didn't get it.
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11:19PM on 11/29/2010
This is a good move because the animated Bonfire of the Vanities prequel really helped me understand that Bonfires was in fact a great film.
This is a good move because the animated Bonfire of the Vanities prequel really helped me understand that Bonfires was in fact a great film.
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10:00PM on 11/29/2010
No thanks, not a fan of any of Mr. Kelly's films, especially the misfire that is Southland Tales.
No thanks, not a fan of any of Mr. Kelly's films, especially the misfire that is Southland Tales.
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9:36PM on 11/29/2010
Southland Tales is a film which, on a scene-by-scene basis, is actually quite interesting and well-constructed. The problem is when you combine all those interesting scenes, the whole thing together is just completely incoherent.

I think I'd check out a prequel. I would be curious to see if it would help pull the film together more - flawed is flawed but at the very least, it'd allow me to appreciate more what he was trying to do.
Southland Tales is a film which, on a scene-by-scene basis, is actually quite interesting and well-constructed. The problem is when you combine all those interesting scenes, the whole thing together is just completely incoherent.

I think I'd check out a prequel. I would be curious to see if it would help pull the film together more - flawed is flawed but at the very least, it'd allow me to appreciate more what he was trying to do.
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9:12PM on 11/29/2010
Why is everyone acting like Richard Kelly is good? Donnie Darko was a lucky shot thanks to executives cutting it up and that was his only 'good' movie.
Why is everyone acting like Richard Kelly is good? Donnie Darko was a lucky shot thanks to executives cutting it up and that was his only 'good' movie.
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7:10PM on 11/29/2010
Richard Kelly is a cinematic hero of mine. The Box is my least favorite but it still looked pretty and had good performances. I am one of the very few people I know who loved Southland Tales. I even own all three graphic novels Kelly is talking about; I say godspeed sir and I hope you get all the original actors back to reprise their roles in animated form.
Richard Kelly is a cinematic hero of mine. The Box is my least favorite but it still looked pretty and had good performances. I am one of the very few people I know who loved Southland Tales. I even own all three graphic novels Kelly is talking about; I say godspeed sir and I hope you get all the original actors back to reprise their roles in animated form.
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5:40PM on 11/29/2010

i don't give a shit

i loved southland tales and it gets semi-regular play in my dvd rotation. not donnie darko, but still an ambitious, visually stimulating work. i equate it with "The Fountain."
i loved southland tales and it gets semi-regular play in my dvd rotation. not donnie darko, but still an ambitious, visually stimulating work. i equate it with "The Fountain."
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3:25PM on 11/29/2010
Sarah Michelle Gellar deserved better
Sarah Michelle Gellar deserved better
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9:43AM on 11/30/2010
She's not even a good actress, so I don't know what better would be for her.
She's not even a good actress, so I don't know what better would be for her.
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3:14PM on 11/29/2010

Hmm

I love southland tales and I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be a comedy, the way that donnie darko was a comedy. If you look at the box, you can tell kelly knows the difference between intentionally funny and just messing up. Also I read the comics and they don't really add alot. The film makes sense if you actually pay attention to it.
I love southland tales and I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be a comedy, the way that donnie darko was a comedy. If you look at the box, you can tell kelly knows the difference between intentionally funny and just messing up. Also I read the comics and they don't really add alot. The film makes sense if you actually pay attention to it.
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2:54PM on 11/29/2010
Southland Tales was a gigantic piece of shit. It was mind-blowingly stupid and made little to no sense. I fucking hated sitting through that.
Southland Tales was a gigantic piece of shit. It was mind-blowingly stupid and made little to no sense. I fucking hated sitting through that.
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2:31PM on 11/29/2010
Southland Tales is a moronic idiotic piece of pompous tripe that makes no sense. Worse is that its fans pretend it does. No thank you.
Southland Tales is a moronic idiotic piece of pompous tripe that makes no sense. Worse is that its fans pretend it does. No thank you.
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2:03PM on 11/29/2010

I want to understand

Southland Tales in one of my favorite gigantic messes. Like 1941 or Revenge of the Sith. Frustratingly absurd as a whole but filled with many brilliant little moments. It's self indulgent and over-the-top... great performances from an ensemble of cast who clearly have no idea how they fit in to the story. I can't help it. I love this movie and am dying to understand what the f*ck it's even about!
Southland Tales in one of my favorite gigantic messes. Like 1941 or Revenge of the Sith. Frustratingly absurd as a whole but filled with many brilliant little moments. It's self indulgent and over-the-top... great performances from an ensemble of cast who clearly have no idea how they fit in to the story. I can't help it. I love this movie and am dying to understand what the f*ck it's even about!
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1:57PM on 11/29/2010
Southland Tales was incomprehensible ass. Making more stories based on a movie that no one liked seems pretty ridiculous.

Why don't they make a Cutthroat Island prequel comic while they're at it?
Southland Tales was incomprehensible ass. Making more stories based on a movie that no one liked seems pretty ridiculous.

Why don't they make a Cutthroat Island prequel comic while they're at it?
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1:40PM on 11/29/2010
What a brain-meltingly shite idea.
What a brain-meltingly shite idea.
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1:26PM on 11/29/2010
I actually really liked Southland Tales. It works best as a comedy.
I actually really liked Southland Tales. It works best as a comedy.
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1:17PM on 11/29/2010

Love it!

Loved Southland Tales, and would love this! It's a big, hot mess in the best possible way! Need more!
Loved Southland Tales, and would love this! It's a big, hot mess in the best possible way! Need more!
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1:15PM on 11/29/2010
For all it's surrealism, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and it's unexpected performances especially from the former SNLers.
For all it's surrealism, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and it's unexpected performances especially from the former SNLers.
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12:55PM on 11/29/2010
I am so for this it's not even funny! I own the graphic novels, and greatly enjoyed the insanity of the film, so I say, bring it!
I am so for this it's not even funny! I own the graphic novels, and greatly enjoyed the insanity of the film, so I say, bring it!
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12:53PM on 11/29/2010
Southland Tales was one of my favorite movies of that year and is highly underappreciated, though I can't blame some people for not liking it because it was a tough pill to swallow. I embraced and enjoyed. As far as The Box is concerned, I thought it was a pretty damn good flick so Richard Kelly is still good in my book.
Southland Tales was one of my favorite movies of that year and is highly underappreciated, though I can't blame some people for not liking it because it was a tough pill to swallow. I embraced and enjoyed. As far as The Box is concerned, I thought it was a pretty damn good flick so Richard Kelly is still good in my book.
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12:50PM on 11/29/2010
Double post,sorry
Double post,sorry
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12:50PM on 11/29/2010
I'm a fan. I've appreciated everything he's done so far, and I actually enjoyed Southland Tales even if it was confusing.
I'm a fan. I've appreciated everything he's done so far, and I actually enjoyed Southland Tales even if it was confusing.
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12:47PM on 11/29/2010
Southland Tales was an horrific piece of filmmaking. I thought Kelly had learnt from it.
Southland Tales was an horrific piece of filmmaking. I thought Kelly had learnt from it.
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12:45PM on 11/29/2010
Southland Tales was amazing. I'd really love to see that prequel sometime although i have already read the graphic novels.
Southland Tales was amazing. I'd really love to see that prequel sometime although i have already read the graphic novels.
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12:44PM on 11/29/2010
Loved everything he's done so far and I'd definitely watch a Southland Tales prequel, animated or otherwise.
Loved everything he's done so far and I'd definitely watch a Southland Tales prequel, animated or otherwise.
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