Being a huge fan of Donnie Darko, I am really looking forward to the new Richard Kelly movie - Southland Tales.
The fact that Sarah Michelle Gellar and Seann William Scott are both in this movie, seems like a great pull to me, especially giving Sarah's audience pull from her one and only hit movie - The Grudge (Scooby Doo was for different reasons), and let's face it Seann is always a box office hit. Im hoping he'll also make The Dukes Of Hazzard a success - because i'm sure that it won't be helped by the fact that Jessica Simpson is in it - she has displayed many a time that she can't act in her Reality TV show - The NewlyWeds.
But will the fact that actors like Seann, Sarah and Dwayne Johnson starring in Richard Kelly's movie, make the magic be lost from what made Donnie Darko such a cult hit in the UK? Or will the more mainstream cast make it more sereal?
The story is set in LA in 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. The hero - Boxer (Dwayne) is struck with amnesia and he gets involved with a porn star - Krysta (Sarah) who wants to make her own TV reality show. Along the way David (Seann) finds the key to a big conspiracy that will affect them all.
“The film is going to be a strange mixture of the sensibilities of Andy Warhol and Philip K Dick,”
Many of the Donnie Darko crewmembers are returning for this film, which might portray the Darko feel to the movie, hopefully, as long as it doesn't have the directors cut feel to it (a much inferiror film to the original cut). However this time with Southland Tales - there is going to be musical elements of the film (because we know how great Sarah was in Once More, With Feeling).
Richard Kelly will also be writing nine graphic novels as tie ins for the movie - the first six being released six months before the release of the film. The last three novels, acting as a novelisation of the film.
I wonder if the website for this movie will be as elaborate as the Donnie Darko counterpart. Has any checked that out? It's very wierd. Check it out at http://www.donniedarko.com/