In 2006, Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly premiered his second feature film, Southland Tales, at the Cannes Film Festival. The audience did not react warmly to his hugely ambitious movie, and the film was drastically re-cut before hitting theaters in late 2007, when it failed to make much of an impact. But among film fanatics, the movie has been a much-argued-about talking point for more than a decade.
Kelly has only directed one other movie since then (2009’s The Box), but he recently revealed that he and his team have completed a 4K restoration of the infamous Cannes cut of Southland Tales, and that he still intends to direct a Southland Tales prequel which features both animation and live-action. Read his latest update below. Read More »
Director Richard Kelly shot onto the Hollywood scene with the psychological thriller Donnie Darko starring Jake Gyllenhaal in 2001. A few years later, he returned with the fascinating but underwhelming Southland Tales, followed by the odd, cautionary tale The Box. Since then he’s pretty much disappeared, popping up only as a producer for Operation: Endgame back in 2010. But now the filmmaker might be making a comeback with the a biopic focusing on one of sci-fi’s most influential creative minds: The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling. Read More »
I know what some of you are thinking, didn’t a Donnie Darko sequel already happen? Yes, it did. It was called S. Darko, and Donnie Darko writer-director Richard Kelly and Darko Entertainment publicly denounced it . Kelly had no control over the rights of the original film, so the sequel moved forward without his approval. The director and his producing partners didn’t even profit from the straight-to-DVD cash grab. Kelly is now interested in a real Donnie Darko sequel, or some “big and expensive” movie set in the Darkoverse, if you will.
Below, read the director’s thoughts on a Donnie Darko sequel.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week Donnie Darko gets a 4K re-release, the new Captain Kirk narrates a story of some overly ambitious high schoolers, Fat Mike learns a thing a two about running a music label because he’s seen a thing or two, we try and earn a few bitcoins, and North Korea lets in an industrial band to play a few tunes for the people. Read More »
In case you haven’t heard, Kevin Smith is working on a TV series adaptation of the MGM cult classic sci-fi adventure The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension from 1984. It was Smith’s work directing an episode of The CW series The Flash last year that turned some heads at MGM, and now he’s deep in development on the project with an eye on some filmmakers he hopes to recruit to direct some episodes.
Find out some of Smith’s ambitious picks to direct some of the Buckaroo Bonzai TV series after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
For the past three years, Jordan Peele has succeeded in making us laugh as one-half of Comedy Central’s Key and Peele. Now he wants to make us scream.
Peele is set to write and direct a horror film called Get Out. While this will be his first attempt at straight-faced horror, it’s not that crazy a leap. His many horror-influenced sketches on Key and Peele have demonstrated that he his way around the look, feel, and traditions of the genre. Hit the jump for more on the Jordan Peele horror movie.
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I’ve always loved hearing filmmakers discuss movies. We’ve often printed interviews where we ask filmmakers about their favorite films and the /Filmcast has tried to bring on directors to review the latest big screen movies. That hasn’t been as constant of a feature as David Chen and I originally planned, because as it turns out, people in the movie industry generally don’t like to publicly bas other filmmaker’s projects and we generally only got yeses from those directors who had a positive take on the film at hand. But I’ve always enjoyed hearing filmmakers discuss the movies they love and the current state of cinema.
Richard Kelly, writer/director of Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, and The Box, has always made his opinions and himself very accessible (actually, I almost wish he wouldn’t have explained the intentions and meanings behind his films, as they serve better as mysteries with no definitive answer). And this week, like many of us, he saw David Fincher‘s latest film Gone Girl and wrote a bit about it on his blog. Find out more about the Richard Kelly Gone Girl review, after the jump.
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With one movie, 2001’s Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly immediately announced himself as a filmmaker to watch. Since then he’s only directed two films, neither of which managed to reach the heights of his debut, but each are almost unfathomably ambitious. His next film was thought to be Corpus Christi but it seems that’s now hit the back burner in favor of something much more interesting. Something with real Richard Kelly ambition.
Kelly will write and direct Amicus, a true life crime thriller starring Nicolas Cage. Cage will play Rodney Smolla, a first Amendment lawyer who found himself in the middle of a complicated yet disturbing case involving Lawrence Horn, a legendary Motown record producer who hired a hitman to murder his family. And that’s not the half of it. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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I was excited last year when it looked for a moment like Édgar Ramírez might be cast in the sequel to Star Trek. After seeing Ramírez dominate the excellent mini-series Carlos, I’m hoping for him to break into greater public awareness than his supporting roles in films like The Bourne Ultimatum and Domino have offered. (He’s got bits in Wrath of the Titans, and Kathryn Bigelow’s now-filming Zero Dark Thirty, too.)
Ramírez didn’t get the Star Trek role, which went to Benedict Cumberbatch instead. But now he has taken the lead role in Corpus Christi, from Donnie Darko writer/director Richard Kelly. Read More »
Richard Kelly‘s ambition and zealous attention to detail served him well with Donnie Darko, but he hasn’t been so lucky with his subsequent outings. After his exceptional directorial debut, he’s tried twice over to replicate what made that film such a frenzied fan favorite, and the results — Southland Tales and The Box — were as intriguingly unique as they were confoundingly incoherent.
For his next film though, Kelly is stepping away from the non-linear and metaphysical to deliver a film with a more traditional narrative. He’s directing the thriller Corpus Christi, from a screenplay he wrote about a strange friendship that forms between a supermarket employee and his boss. Learn more after the break. Read More »