Jake Gyllenhaal is 'always down' for making Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko sequel (exclusive)

Tom Butler
Senior Editor

Jake Gyllenhaal says he’s ready to don his stupid man suit once again for a ‘Donnie Darko’ sequel after Richard Kelly, the writer-director of the 2001 cult teen classic, recently revealed he had plans to make a “bigger more ambitious” follow up.

“I’m always interested in anything that Richard [Kelly] is doing,” the 36-year-old actor told Yahoo in reference to Kelly’s recent comments while promoting his new movie ‘Life’.

“He has such an interesting mind. Obviously that movie means a lot to me and to other people as well. There always have – throughout the years – been discussions about the possibility of different things.”

Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance in 2001’s ‘Donnie Darko’ earned him a Best Actor nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards (Arrow Films)

“I think with anything that is such an original idea as ‘Donnie Darko’ and the effect that it had on audiences, you’re going to constantly be trying to evolve it, or move it, or change it, so I’m always open to that.

“That’s what art is about. It’s about ideas and the evolution of them and hopefully discovering something original in the process, and I’m always down.”

The early noughties mind-bender, featuring Jake in the title role alongside his real life sister Maggie, Patrick Swayze, and Drew Barrymore has attained cult status over the years since its initial release after it flopped at the domestic box office.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jena Malone both had breakout roles in in ‘Donnie Darko’ (20th Century Fox)

It began to gain momentum on its UK release and on home video, and has already been revisited with a director’s cut in 2004 and a straight-to-DVD sequel ‘S. Darko’ which was made without Kelly’s involvement.

The film was rereleased with a remastered 4k print in December last year to celebrate the film’s 15th anniversary and in a new interview with HMV, Kelly said: “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.”


‘Life’ is in cinemas now.

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