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Richard Kelly has plans for a bigger and more ambitious Donnie Darko sequel

01.25.2017

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Richard Kelly's DONNIE DARKO was unleashed upon the world over fifteen years ago, and, although its box-office take didn't impress at the time, it soon developed a strong cult following and it seemed that almost everyone had an opinion on just what the heck was going on in the film. Kelly's next two projects, SOUTHLAND TALES and THE BOX, weren't received nearly as well as DONNIE DARKO was, and the writer/director has largely stayed out of the public view since then.

However, Richard Kelly recently told HMV that he is planning a return and among the numerous projects which he hopes to set up is a bigger and more ambitious sequel to DONNIE DARKO.

I think there’s something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe. It’s big and expensive and I think there’s time to get to that. I want to make sure we’ve got the budget to do it justice and not to compromise anything. Another story in this world needs resources and we need to have that in place.

While I question whether DONNIE DARKO is a film which really needs a sequel or an expanded universe, it certainly couldn't be any worse than S. DARKO, the straight-to-DVD sequel from 2009 which Richard Kelly had no involvement with. Although Kelly seems keen on revisting the world of DONNIE DARKO, he plans on tackling another film first.

I’ve been working on a lot of different projects. The trouble is they’re all very ambitious and expensive so they take a lot of time to get in place. We’re being very careful to set things up properly, but I’m planning to make up for lost time and make several movies back to back. It’s nice to be able to bring people back to where we started, but I plan to be back behind a camera in 2017.

Would you like to see a proper sequel to DONNIE DARKO? If so, in what ways could Kelly expand the world?

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Extra Tidbit: It's been so many years since I last watched Donnie Darko that I had completely forgotten about the odd mix of actors in supporting roles, like Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore and Seth Rogen.
Source: HMV

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12:29PM on 01/26/2017
I'm skeptical about this. One of the strengths of the original is that it doesn't spoon-feed you an explanation. It reveals just a little bit, and you have to figure out for yourself what's really going on. Limitations in technology and budget can actually be a good thing, as it forces one to be creative in how they tell the story. Jaws is an example of this. The mechanical shark never worked, so Spielberg was forced to not show the shark all the time, which ended up greatly enhancing the
I'm skeptical about this. One of the strengths of the original is that it doesn't spoon-feed you an explanation. It reveals just a little bit, and you have to figure out for yourself what's really going on. Limitations in technology and budget can actually be a good thing, as it forces one to be creative in how they tell the story. Jaws is an example of this. The mechanical shark never worked, so Spielberg was forced to not show the shark all the time, which ended up greatly enhancing the scare factor. If Richard Kelly intends to go big budget, it makes me think he wants to throw the door wide open and reveal the mysteries of this universal in all their CGI glory, which would be the wrong move. He should keep this thing modest. Spend money on actors, a good soundtrack and a few special effects shots.
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10:08AM on 01/26/2017
Very much a standalone film.
Very much a standalone film.
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9:19AM on 01/26/2017
Are we going to have "The Adventures of Frank the Rabbit"? I hope this doesn't get funded.
Are we going to have "The Adventures of Frank the Rabbit"? I hope this doesn't get funded.
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4:18AM on 01/26/2017
Leave Donnie Darko alone!
Leave Donnie Darko alone!
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10:09PM on 01/25/2017

Wasn't there already a sequel?

Id rather him put out an original movie...although Southland Tales was his last one and that blowed. Maybe he shouldnt make anything
Id rather him put out an original movie...although Southland Tales was his last one and that blowed. Maybe he shouldnt make anything
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9:03PM on 01/25/2017
S. Darko was so terrible. I don't think there should even be a Sequel unless they focus on some other kid in a very different way. They could tag it was "A Donnie Darko Story" and I'll be fine with it.
S. Darko was so terrible. I don't think there should even be a Sequel unless they focus on some other kid in a very different way. They could tag it was "A Donnie Darko Story" and I'll be fine with it.
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