|RICHARD KELLY INTERVIEW:|
Will the Director’s Cut of "Donnie Darko" generate more questions, or explain things to a greater degree?
I think it’s going to be a pretty substantially new version of the film. I mean, I think it’s certainly going to clarify a lot of things for the audience but it’s also going to, I hope, expand the meaning of the film, not only in terms of answers, but also in terms of new questions.
New questions? Just what you need…
There are always questions (laughing). I think the film is designed that way to provoke an audience to think. There’s no way for it to exist in any other way. I think that the “Director’s Cut” will provide a lot of answers and also create some new questions (laughing).
Do you think some of the questions will be answered in such a way that hardcore “Donnie Darko” fans will get upset their interpretations are different than yours?
Ultimately, it’s called the “Director’s Cut” so it’s going to be delving into more of my interpretation of the film. I think that this is all based upon what was originally intended and the kind of material that I was forced to delete from the film when initially the film was first going to be distributed. People weren’t sure if the film was ever going to connect with the audience. The consensus was that the film was not going to connect with an audience, it was going to be very inaccessible, and the best thing to do was to remove as much material as possible to try and make the film as tight and quick as possible.
I feel some of the meaning was compromised. I hope, with this new edition, that I finally get my ideal version of the film out there – and just hope for the best. If people dislike it for whatever reason, or don’t like what I’ve done, there’s always the other version they can watch. I’m just glad for the opportunity to be able to do this, really
The full (and rather lengthy) interview with Richard Kelly can be read at About.com