Southland Tales - Where You At?

Southland Tales
The other day I was wondering where's the next full-length film from Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly? I mean, it's been six years and his supposed next film, Southland Tales, is nowhere to be seen (despite showing at Cannes over a year ago). IMDB says there is a March 2008 release date but that seems so far off.

Regardless of it's release, there are several clips to watch but they aren't much to get excited about (particular this). Is this a case of a sophomore slump or the Idiocracy syndrome?


  • I'm so torn on this. A musical...with the Rock? I think Kelly gets way more credit than due for Darko, which by many accounts was saved by good a good producer and editor (and soundtrack). That said, I want to see the film. The review on the IMDB page makes it sound pretty decent, or at least watchable. But, you have to guess that the pushed back release date isn't a good sign.
    Fred on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 @ 12:09pm
  • How can a film be saved by a good producer, good editor and good soundtrack. That is the film, man. It takes many to tango, not just stellar direction, which Kelly showed (accidentally?) in Darko, the second best "comic book" movie ever made. The first, of course, being Frank Miller's Sin City.
    M.A.T. on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 @ 2:29pm
  • wasn't batman the best ? or even batman begins ? both are better than sin city in terms of real characters, direction and plot no ? or were they not direct enough renditions of the comic book itself ? ghostworld was pretty good too, as was the crow, i thought. i'm sure there are many better than sin city. it was good, don't get me wrong, but it was heavily style over content & whilst i love that as a designer in some ways, there's got to be character, emotion, plot and pathos too to make it really anything truly worthwhile. but yeah - i think darko is one of the best movies ever so i'm down with whatever kelly goes for & that scene i just watched with gellar coming home to find that dude watching her on TV was great.
    caspar on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 @ 2:35pm
  • Ugh, Idiocracy. That's 1 1/2 I want back. It should have, could have been so much better. I'm sure the studios are to blame. As for Southland; I'm not sure what to think ... the clips don't tell me much, and I'm not a fan of the cast.
    Paul on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 @ 2:41pm
  • Watching Idiocracy I thought it was terrible but thinking about it afterwards, I was highly amused. I don't know how that happens but the concepts of the film were dead on - the execution may have just been a little off.
    Michael on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 @ 2:45pm
  • yeah - i agree with michael. it was comedy that clicks much more after the experience rather than during. it makes a very powerful statement that film & one that changes the way you look at the world in a number of ways, it just doesn't try to make itself seem very clever at the time. that's mike judges style though. he focusses on half-wits most of the time but makes very salient sociological statements at the same time as making you laugh your ass off. see also beavis & butthead, king of the hill & office space.
    caspar on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 @ 3:05pm
  • Conceptually, yeah, Idiocracy seemed awesome. But it lacked any flow, character depth or consistency (which is most likely the fault of the studio doing edit, re-edits and subtractive footage). I'd love to see a directors cut. Mike Judge has gotten screwed big time by Hollywood.
    Paul on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 @ 3:41pm
  • Richard Kelly updated his Myspace Blog with a few comments on Southland Tales... LINK: ------- "As for Southland Tales... we are about halfway through completing all of the new visual effects. We have to deliver everything by the end of summer. I have to tell everyone that the amount of visual effects work being added to the film is SIGNIFICANT... and I am so grateful for the work being done by Thomas Tannenberger and his team at Gradient VFX in Venice Beach. And I can confirm that a company has been hired by Sony to begin work on a trailer. The release date will be announced very soon." ------- Also, it has been reported on that Southland Tales has finally SET a release date... November 9th 2007
    Simple Simon on Friday, July 13th, 2007 @ 6:40pm
  • Thanks Simon!
    Michael on Saturday, July 14th, 2007 @ 11:38am

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