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February 4, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | February 4, 2009 |

Remember way back last year, when we reported that they’d be making a sequel to Donnie Darko, only Richard Kelly wouldn’t be involved? Here is what we wrote at the time:

OK: Put your heads together, and think real hard: If you had to pick the one cult classic that would make for the absolute worst film to sequelize, what would it be? No no, besides Harold and Maude. If you said Donnie Darko, you win one free trip to sequel hell, courtesy of Velvet Octopus, a British-based studio that doesn’t give a shit about the sanctity of cult cinema. Indeed, the only thing that makes even less sense than Richard Kelly’s abysmally nonsensical Southland Tales is this sequel, S. Darko, which will pick up seven years after the original and follow the life of Donnie’s sister, Samantha. Daviegh Chase, who now plays the creepy Rhonda Volmer in “Big Love,” will reprise her role as Samantha, while Justin Chatwin (Chumscrubber) and Brianna Evigan will also join the cast (and yes: Brianna is the daughter of Greg, who three of you may remember as one of the two dads — along with Paul Reiser — in the seminal 1980s sitcom, “My Two Dads.” Fact: “My Two Dads” was Annie Proulx’s major influence when writing the short story “Brokeback Mountain.”) Richard Kelly, who told the WaPo in 2004 that “there will never be a sequel to Donnie Darko,” will now have to eat his words, though he has absolutely no involvement in the project. Moreover, Donnie is not in the film, though meteorites and rabbits do play a role in the sequel (as does disappointment, rage, and anger). Chris Fisher (Nightstalker) is directing; and for those of you hoping this is just a mean, vicious rumor released to give movie websites something to talk about this week, know this: This motherfucker is real.

It’s not only real, but now it’s headed straight to DVD! It’s the small victories, people. It’ll hit Netflix in April, which is when it’s set to be completely ignored by anyone with a shred of common sense (that won’t include us). In the meantime, here’s the trailer, in case you needed to work up a little bile this afternoon.

(H/T Film School Rejects)

Or At Least You'll Wish It Had / Dustin Rowles

Trailers | February 4, 2009 |

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