So according to Screen International, a sequel to Richard Kelly’s surreal, quasi-apocalyptic 2001 cult sensation Donnie Darko will begin shooting in Los Angeles on May 18. Entitled S. Darko, the movie will find Daviegh Chase reprising her role as Donnie’s younger sister, Samantha; other cast includes Gossip Girl‘s Ed Westwick (also currently on screens as the jerky older brother in Son of Rambow), Step Up 2 the Streets‘ Briana Evigan and The Invisible‘s Justin Chatwin. The story allegedly picks up seven years after the first film, when Samantha and her best friend Corey, both now 18, find themselves plagued by bizarre visions while on a road trip to
Chris Fisher, who previously co-wrote and helmed Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders and Cuba Gooding, Jr.‘s corrupt cop drama Dirty, will direct. “I’m a great admirer of Richard Kelly’s film and hope to create a similar world of blurred fantasy and reality,” says Fisher. Producers have spoken to Kelly, about the project but he is not involved in any official capacity at this stage. To my mind this is both amusing and kind of head-shakingly ridiculous at the same time — a sad attempt at recapturing unbottled magic instead of, you know, actually searching for great unproduced scripts.