‘Donnie Darko’ Sequel Goes Direct-To-DVD

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s darko poster Donnie Darko Sequel Goes Direct To DVDA while ago news was released of a sequel to the cult-hit Donnie Darko going ahead entitled S. Darko, short for Samantha Darko (Donnie’s kid sister from the first film). And I can’t even tell you how enraged I was when we learned of this because of how much I love the first film (It’s easily in my top five movies of all time).

Well short of the thing not being made we have pretty much the next best thing – at least we won’t have to endure it theatrically as the much predicted news has come out that the sequel will go direct-to-DVD.

The first official trailer for the film (there’s a teaser out already which is just clips from the first film with new text introducing this sequel – not really worth checking out) is reportedly to be screened at the New York Comic-Con this weekend, and I hope sighs of relief flood over the room and weapons ready to be put to use get stowed away safely when the info “Coming Soon to DVD” appears at the end of the film.

Here is the official synopsis for the sequel:

Samantha Darko (Daveigh Chase) and her rebellious best friend Corey Richardson (Briana Evigan) leave on a cross-country road trip to Los Angeles in an attempt to ‘make it big’. Their dreams are cut short when their water pump blows outside of a tiny Utah town. Unable to leave until their car is fixed, Sam and Corey are stranded with the locals until their car’s fixed. Sam and Corey are less than thrilled at the delay, and when an unexplained meteorite crash-lands in town that night, it soon becomes clear that there is much more at play than just a chance breakdown. Plagued by bizarre hallucinatory dreams warning her of the universe’s imminent end, as well as grief over her own loss of family, Sam must face the demons she had fled back at home. Aided by the unlikely town locals, Sam learns the true meaning of family and friendship, and in doing so, saves only herself.

God that sounds awful. Just trying to continue on what the original was but in a “ripping it off” kind of fashion.

My anger at this sequel is probably considerably stronger than a lot of people out there simply because of my utter love for the first film. Donnie Darko was the first film that really got me impassioned about filmmaking, taking me beyond just simply enjoying movies and taking me to a place of appreciation for the technical art of it.

It proved to me that movies are often more about just special effects, explosions and car chases – it was, and still is, one of the most original and ambitious films ever made and someone even considering a sequel much less actually making it is really going past the line. Donnie Darko is one of those films you just don’t make a sequel of; it’s unnecessary, unneeded and totally uncalled for.

But am I in the minority (I really, really hope I’m not); is there anyone out there who was ever in favor of a sequel to the cult classic that is Donnie Darko?

S. Darko is set to be released on DVD on April 28th.

Source: /Film

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  1. I still dont get why alot of people get butt hurt over crappy sequels or remakes, Donnie Darko is one of the best movies ever made, nothing is gonna change that, not a sequel, not a remake, not a musical! You cant blame people for trying to milk something, its their job, and if they think they are gonna make money why wouldnt they? Same goes for GI Joe, and Dragonball. Nothing is ever gonna change the fact that they were good cartoons/anime. If they made a Scarface sequel(lol) it wouldnt make the original any less good. Basically, i didnt mind S. Darko coming out, especially if it turned out to be good.

  2. @Oscar!

    Does the term “direct-to-dvd” conjure thoughts of quality?

  3. @Oscar!

    In a way it does take away from the original. The original movie is still great, in my top five, too, but now there’s this dark shadow hanging over it. Now you can’t watch Donnie Darko without remembering they made a crappy sequel.

    @Ross Miller

    “Direct-to-dvd” isn’t always bad. White Noise 2 is superior to original theatrical release, for instance. But at least since S. Darko will go straight to DVD less people will watch it.

    But I totally agree with you. I love Donnie Darko and you can’t make a sequel for it. Even if by some stroke of blind luck S. Darko winds up being good, it’s still completely unnecessary and shouldn’t exist.

  4. thank you Ross, because of you I’m gonna watch Donnie Darko tonight :) I actually forgot how good of a movie it was. Sorry if I sounded rude, it’s my time of the month(to pay my bills) lol get it? Ok sorry, I had to. I also agree with Greenknight, it was like taking a trip. And you got sucked in right to the movie. All I’m saying is that no matter what they do, nothing will ever take away from this near perfect film.

  5. Donnie Darko is in my top THREE all-time favorites, and I think it’s interesting that someone is trying their hand at a sequel. I’m excited to check it out. That having been said, I am AGAINST the idea of a sequel, and think, like everyone else, it’s totally ridiculous, irrelevant, and uncalled for. However, the cool thing (for me) is that I don’t have to associate the sequel with the original film. The fact that it’s a different writer/director to me almost means I can place it in its own universe, kind of like the Michael Keaton Batman, and the Christian Bale Batman. This sequel will be just a movie for me to check out, and won’t affect my love for the original and ONLY true Darko film.

  6. Direct-to-garbagebin

  7. Great movies like Donnie Darko aren’t meant to be made into sequals, they have a great story and a great message but just for one movie. It’s like if they tried to make a sequal to Fight Club or Se7en.

  8. why why why why why why why why.
    do they have 2 take a great film an give it a crappy sequal (D2DVD)
    . all that this is a Huge Middle Finger to the original.
    and i sware to Galactus, If they use the songe “Mad World” From the first Film. i am gunna tear-up the Forums All over the NET !

  9. I share your sentiment. I am terribly disappointed in this news. Donnie Darko, as mysterious as it is, is consummate. It is NOT the kind of film you make a sequel to. Somehow it just seems to kill the mystique of the original. And what an imbecilic plot for the “sequel”. What a shame.

  10. The unfortunate situation of this sequel is that Richard Kelly isn’t directing it and isn’t writing the screenplay. It would be like Cloverfield 2 not being directed by J.J. Abrams. I’m sure we would all feel different if he was involved more on this project.