Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko is one of those movies that a lot of people really love because of the impact it made on them when they were in their angsty teenage years, and while that passion has made it into a certifiable cult classic, it has also set the bar for any official follow-ups impossibly high. Still, Kelly has announced that he’s planning to revisit the film someday, telling HMV that “there’s something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe.”
Of course, Kelly’s vision for a more ambitious Donnie Darko film would be—in his words—”big and expensive,” so he’d want to make sure an appropriately large budget is in place before he moves forward with anything. That way, he’d be able “to do it justice” and not compromise anything. He doesn’t offer any details beyond that, though, leaving us to wonder just how much of a commitment his sequel would make to Sparkle Motion.
Also, it’s worth noting that Kelly’s comment doesn’t even acknowledge the existence of S. Darko, the 2009 semi-sequel about Donnie’s sister having a crazy adventure of her own. Kelly didn’t have anything to do with that movie, though, so either he forgot it happened or he refuses to consider it an official part of the Darkoverse, both of which are understandable positions.