Richard Kelly Planning “Donnie Darko 2”

Back in 2001, the quirky “Donnie Darko” came out and quickly became a highly acclaimed indie cult hit and its first-time feature director Richard Kelly was seen as a breakout talent and visionary.

Five years later, everything fell apart with the debut of 2006’s “Southland Tales” which crashed and burned at its Cannes Film Festival premiere and never recovered. His 2009 follow-up was also seen as a failure, but Kelly was a talent without question so there has been curiosity as to where he’ll go next.

Now we may have the answer. Arrow Video has conducted a new restoration of “Donnie Darko” for a theatrical and Blu-ray re-release in the UK. Talking with HMV (via BD), Kelly teased that one of his future films could be set in the same universe:

“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. I need to get my next film out of the gate and then we can go back and look at it.”

Kelly received blowback for his director’s cut version of the movie, one considered a text book example of being decidedly inferior to the original theatrical cut. Kelly had no involvement in 2009’s low-budget “S. Darko”.

So if a “Donnie Darko” sequel/spin-off is not his next movie, then what is? He won’t say, but a schedule is in place:

“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.”

Hopefully that means a new Richard Kelly film in 2018.