Sequel: Defiling Donnie Darko
Some ideas are so boneheaded that they could only possibly come from Hollywood. This idea is so exceptionally boneheaded that it’s entered the charts with a bullet and, while it’s virtually impossible to keep any accurate measure of the bonehead ideas happening on a minute by minute basis, has to be considered one of the boniest headed movie ideas ever to have slithered from the rectum of Hollywood’s ‘out of ideas’ factory.
Donnie Darko has been dead since 2001. For a while his crushed corpse was able to decay peacefully while enjoying the appreciation of a respectfully enthusiastic audience. But in 2004 Richard Kelly, who originally wrote and directed Donnie Darko, returned to Donnie’s grave with is best exhuming shovel.
Kelly proceeded to defile Donnie’s remains and, in the process, made it abundantly clear that his greatest contribution to the original release of the film was in keeping out of the way of those who knew what they were doing. By the time the cadaver of Donnie Darko was re-entombed it had been given a fresh coat of spackle, but all of charm that originally accompanied it to the grave had been washed down the drain pipe in the centre of Richard kelly’s cellar floor.
For another four years Donnie’s disfigured remnants have attempted to find peace, but now Donnie’s little sister Samantha (Daveigh Chase) is paying a visit to the place of his final repose. Sadly, her purpose there isn’t to place flowers and pay her respects. No, her plan is to defecate on Donnie’s headstone, but not before she too digs up his carcass and cavorts about with it, Weekend at Bernie’s style.
According to ScreenDaily, the plot of this straight to DVD travesty revolves around Daveigh’s character Samantha, and is set seven years after the events of Donnie Darko. Samantha and her friend, Corey, are plagued by bizarre visions while on a road trip to LA. MoviesOnline takes the synopsis a little further:
Samantha, Donnie’s younger sister, who, in the wake of his death, has found herself at 17 with a broken family, mired in feelings of insignificance, and with no aspirations for the future. The archetypal character study and genre mixing of Donnie Darko is reprised, but with a fresh spin on the roles within the Tangent Universe that warrants the telling of this darker, more jaded tale of tragedy, second chances, sacrifice and rebirth.
Richard Kelly isn’t involved in the project, currently titled S.DARKO, instead television director Chris Fisher will take the blame instead. Along with Daveigh, Ed Westwick [Son Of Rambow, Gossip Girl], Briana Evigan [Step Up 2] and Justin Chatwin [Dragon Ball], have all been announced in the cast. But of course, Donnie himself wont be making an appearance as he’s busy filming Aquaman 2.
I have to admit that the actual synopsis doesn’t sound that bad, but there’s no way that this movie will measure up to the first release of Donnie Darko… unless all of the same cosmic forces which create the first film, line up again. Frankly (pardon the pun), if they were desperate to make a sequel, I’d have preferred to see what happened to Donnie’s girlfriend, Gretchen Ross, as it always appeared to me that she (and Donnie’s mother, President Roslin) carried some ‘residue’ of the timeline before Donnie ‘fixed’ things at the end of the movie.