Have you ever seen a portal?
Richard Kelly's cult sci-fi film, Donnie Darko, is one of the most provocative indie movies ever made in any genre, and its disturbing time-travel drift into a corruption of the space-time continuum was complex stuff back in 2001. Anyone who's a fan of this disturbing multi-dimensional flick can remember exactly when and where they were when they first heard Frank the Bunny tell Donnie to "Wake Up!"
I'll admit certain elements remained murky to me until I listened to Kelly's director's commentary, but I recall the story's essence (and Gary Jule's haunting cover of "Mad World") lingering on long after it ended, much like the residents of Middlesex waking once the Prime Universe was restored and sensing events that unfolded in the Tangent Universe.
During an interview with HMV promoting the new Arrow Video 4K restoration release of Donnie Darko this month, Kelly hinted that he is more than willing to take a hop back into the surreal realm of Messengers and Receivers in the near future:
"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."
Sure, I realize that a 2009 direct-to-DVD sequel, S. Darko, was made revolving around Donnie's sister, Sam, but it wasn't very good and did not include any involvement by Kelly, so I kinda pretend it never happened. Since all the characters except Donnie are still alive at the end of the movie, there is ample opportunity to explore more anomalies created by the time corruption of October 30, 1988.
Plus, we'd get more dark pop nuggets of the era added to the soundtrack and maybe a return performance of Sparkle Motion!
Are you ready for the world to end again in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds with more Donnie Darko ... and is now the perfect time for a follow-up?
For now, check out the trailer for the new 15th Anniversary UK re-release of Donnie Darko below and remember that the Theatrical Cut is better than the Director's Cut!