Donnie Darko 2: Samantha Darko

Duncan gave me the heads up on this news that a Donnie Darko sequel is in the works. S. Darko, supposedly, picks up with the Darko family seven years later and follows Donnie's sister Samantha (Sparklemotion) on a roadtrip with 'bizarre visions.'

I guess the Director's Cut of the film wasn't bad enough and any semblance of goodness left to be associated with Donnie Darko should be dragged through the mud. Some sequels just shouldn't be made.


  • cant verify source right now. but aparently the director of s.darko was kicked off donnie darko, so now he's got this beef to settle and as everyone knows, beef is best settled by a hack attempt to do the exact same thing as that with which you have beef with. how better to show them you were right by doing it wrong?
    paul on Monday, May 12th, 2008 @ 10:03am
  • umm... I can't believe you linked to that story and didn't mention the really good news

    Garfield's Fun Fest is a continuation of the cartoon cat adventures, this time full CG animated (not a live-action combination as with the recent Fox hits). The US/Korean production from The Animation Picture Co. is directed by Mark Dippe and Kyung Ho Lee. Jim Davis wrote the script with the Altiere Bros. The voice cast features Frank Welker.

    Now that's something I'm excited about, who cares about Donnie Darko when this Garfield movie is in the works?!
    Chris M on Monday, May 12th, 2008 @ 12:06pm
  • Note the liberal use of the words "recent Fox hits"
    Chris M on Monday, May 12th, 2008 @ 12:06pm
  • hehe, this might be as good a thread as any to state that i finally caught southland tales & would be happy to argue its merits with anyone. i thought that whilst it had a good few flaws, it was a very brave, original and imaginative film. it's the only film i've rented from netflix that i've kept back & watched three times over in succession over subsequent nights. many layers that film has & many interesting things to decipher. i have a feeling that it will be a sleeper hit on dvd. already the reviews from kids on IMDB are piling in in the positive rather than the negative. without the pressure of hype and the unnecessarily harsh critical reviews, the film much like bladerunner, is going to be championed by the nerds, i'm sure of it. there i said it. otherwise i think this s. darko thing stinks to high heaven & is just another log on my fire of hatred for the film industry's cinical approach to squeezing money out of punters for the sake of nostalgia and curiosity hits.
    caspar on Monday, May 12th, 2008 @ 12:20pm
  • "...much like bladerunner..." that's a disservice to BladeRunner if I ever saw one. Southland Tales was all over the map. It's a 3 par vignette of stories with a bunch of setup that doesn't exist (apparently only as graphic novels). In order to eloquently post my thoughts on why Southland Tales was so terrible I'd have to re-watch it and I don't plan on doing that anytime soon. As best I can remember there was a LOT of bad acting by a lot of big name stars that shouldn't have all been cast at once. I mean, almost every single person cast was a recognizable actor from something else. Doesn't really help that whole suspension of disbelief angle that you need for a good, epic film. I'm not surprised you are arguing that it's a sleeper hit - and it may very well end up being so - but I'm still counting it as a major second strike against Richard Kelly. An epic flub.
    Michael on Monday, May 12th, 2008 @ 12:48pm
  • haha, i was referring purely to the fact that critics hated bladerunner & that it made all its money when it came out on video after terrible cinema takings. don't worry, i rate bladerunner far higher than southland. it's in my top 5 films ever made. you should watch southland again. i was kinda annoyed by it after first watching but simply could not let go of how it had made me feel in some bizarre way. it was like an itch i could not scratch. then i watched it again & got a little closer to what it was i was finding so intriguing. then watching it a third time the ending finally clicked. it was like a little explosion in my brain. the ideas all suddenly came together & what initially seemed like a mess became really rather organized & beautiful. it's just much more complicated than i think people consider it to be given it's deliberately comic & stupid looking facade. the acting is definitely the hardest part of it to digest. but then given the quality & sensitivity of the acting in donnie darko, you have to give the guy credit in that this was clearly a very deliberate ploy. it was meant to be a more starship troopers type satire of overacting & stupid glamour with which to deliver a darker & more credible message. the actor choices were almost all actors who've made stupid, glossy, jokey movies in the industry in the last 5 years, aside from the select few who are clearly part of richard kelly's stable of actors. this to me seemed very much a deliberate move so that it felt more like you were reading a celebrity magazine like OK or US whilst realizing deep down a much uglier truth that not even the protagonists were really taking on board. sure it doesn't quite nail this, but it comes a lot closer than people give it credit for. glad you can see the sleeper hit potential. i am trying to find the longer edit that people hated so much at cannes or sundance or whichever. i am very eager to get more scraps from this project to say the least. also i don't think the comic books are required to understand every element of the movie. i haven't read them at all & have bit by bit managed to figure out the whole thing now. it's rather like a david lynch film in that way.
    caspar on Monday, May 12th, 2008 @ 1:19pm
  • Excuse me while I poop on Southland Tales. It was horrible. Donnie Darko was accidentally good. When a director doesn't have enough talent or support to make bad actors seem good (The Rock, Timberlake) they should hang it up. Or take a class. Or shoot twice the amount of film so they'll have something worthy in post. RANCID!
    Magellan Augustus Turner on Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 @ 3:19pm
  • timberlake was actually well considered in that movie. for what it was trying to do, he was setup nicely. the rock was worse. he had good & had moments. the finger twitching thing he did was a terrible idea, but the 'n-word' scene was fantastically done. i think you're far too heavy on it magellan. there's much more than first appearances there.
    caspar on Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 @ 5:56pm

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