Some people loved it, some people hated it, but Donnie Darko was definitely a movie that captivated audiences both with Jake Gyllenhaal and his sister Maggie's performance, and the fact that the movie was left open to interpretation. It is rare that an open-ended movie becomes this big of a cult hit, but Donnie Darko did just that and fans still wonder today if they got it right about the entire movie being a parallel universe set up to create the wrongs of the primary universe, or if it was simply just a mind f%@k.
We may get to learn the actual truth in the upcoming years as director Richard Kelly is questioned about the reissue (4k in some places of the world) that would disregard the almost unseen S. Darko (a failed offshoot). He is asked by HMV if we could return to the Donnie Darko world in a sequel.
“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.”
He sounds optimistic for sure, but a major hurdle would be getting the old crew back together, as this movie started many successful careers including the Gyllenhaals, Seth Rogen, Jena Malone, Ashley Tisdale, and let's not forget Drew Barrymore was the teacher however her career was well set by that time. Would he be able to help get the funds together? He responds:
“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.”
There are times when you should simply let a great movie stand alone and not try to capitalize on a sequel, but there are other situations when a sequel is demanded. Imagine what would happen if Sam Raimi just let The Evil Dead be the only film in the franchise: We would have no Army Of Darkness, Evil Dead 2, or Ash v. Evil Dead. I would be happy to see a sequel to Donnie Darko as a lot of questions were left unanswered and we had to rely on speculation and the internet to satisfy our brains for the resolution to the film. In fact, I would LOVE to see another movie, but let's be honest -- it would probably give us more questions than answers.
Would anyone else like to see a sequel or should the outcome for the original film be left to our imaginations? Did anyone see S. Darko? (I did not). Would Seth Rogen or Jake Gyllenhaal even come back?