Donnie Darko Getting an Unnecessary Sequel?!
by Alex Billington
May 9, 2008
When I wrote about the rumor of Matthew McConaughey being considered as Captain America a few days ago, I really thought there was nothing worse that I could ever report. I was wrong. Today we've come across some news courtesy of Screen Daily announcing the development of a sequel to Donnie Darko titled just S. Darko. Why is this so bad? The original films creator, Richard Kelly, is not involved in any way, shape, or form, and it's being developed entirely on its own by a completely new creative team. While I wouldn't have a minded a sequel if Kelly were to be doing it, this is a disaster in the making. There is really no way anything good can come of this! Right?!
In S. Darko, the story picks up seven years after the first film (and Donnie's death) when little sister Samantha Darko and her best friend Corey are now 18 and on a roadtrip to Los Angeles when they are plagued by bizarre visions. Daveigh Chase will reprise her role as Donnie's sister again and Justin Chatwin, Briana Evigan, and Ed Westwick will join the cast as well. The budget will be around $10 million and shooting begins in a few weeks. Chris Fisher, of Nightstalker and Rampage previously, will direct the film. Fisher has said that he is "a great admirer of Richard Kelly's film and [he] hope to create a similar world of blurred fantasy and reality."
"Donnie's not in [the new film] but there are meteorites and rabbits." Really?! I know that Donnie Darko seems to be more of a generational thing, only connecting with particular groups of fans, but this is still outrageous! There is no way that this will even come close to living up to the original at all. It really seems like much more of a studio creation made for money than it is a development purely from the creative mind of a genius filmmaker.
You may not think Richard Kelly's involvement is necessary anymore, especially with how bad Southland Tales was, but considering Donnie Darko was entirely his creation, the fact that he is not involved is not only worrisome, but an indication that this is destined to be utter crap. I'll reserve my real judgment until I see this actually come together, but at the moment, I'll stand my ground. I'm a big Donnie Darko fan and this is painful to hear bout. And on that note, I'm off to go fire up my copy of Donnie Darko and enjoy some truly brilliant filmmaker at its finest.