Director, Richard Kelly, teases with details on a potential sequel to his cult hit, DONNIE DARKO

In 2001, Richard Kelly introduced us to a macabre, psychological head trip DONNIE DARKO. The film follows the adventures of the troubled Donald “Donnie” Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he seeks the meaning behind his Doomsday-related visions.

(L to R) Jake Gyllenhaal and Jena Malone DONNIE DARKO (2001)

DONNIE DARKO had its first screening at the Sundance Film Festival, on January 19, 2001, and debuted in United States theaters on October 26, 2001, to a tepid response. During its opening weekend, it was shown on only 58 screens nationwide, grossing $110,494.This may have been the result of the movie being released shortly after the September 11 attacks.By the time the film’s run closed in United States theaters, on April 11, 2002, it had earned just $517,375. It ultimately grossed $7.6 million worldwide, just enough to recoup its budget. Despite its poor box office showing, the film began to attract a devoted fan base.(Source: Wiki)

Cast includes:

  • Jake Gyllenhaal as Donald “Donnie” Darko
  • Jena Malone as Gretchen Ross
  • Mary McDonnell as Rose Darko
  • Holmes Osborne as Eddie Darko
  • Katharine Ross as Dr. Lilian Thurman
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal as Elizabeth Darko
  • Daveigh Chase as Samantha Darko
  • James Duval as Frank Anderson
  • Drew Barrymore as Karen Pomeroy
  • Patrick Swayze as Jim Cunningham
Jake Gyllenhaal – DONNIE DARKO (2001)

Recently, Richard Kelly answered the question: “Is there any temptation for you to go back to the world of Donnie Darko and do more? Or is a standalone movie?” posed by HMV. He responded:

“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.”

Sounds like it may very well take form. Fingers crossed. We will watch the potential progress on this project closely! Stay tuned.