Jake Gyllenhaal on 20 Years of 'Donnie Darko': "A Film That Changed My Life and My Career"
Director Richard Kelly had previously teased the possibility of a sequel
Published Jan 20, 2021Yesterday (January 19) marked 20 years since the release of Richard Kelly's psychological thriller Donnie Darko, and Jake Gyllenhaal unearthed some relics from his leading role in reflecting on the milestone.
On Instagram, Gyllenhaal shared shots of a heavily marked-up script for his character, housed in a folder alongside cast photos, shooting schedules, and a pertinent voiceover script.
"It's a film that changed my life and my career," Gyllenhaal wrote in the caption. "It's been unreal to watch this story find afterlives with new audiences and new generations, and yet, what Donnie said to Roberta Sparrow is still true: 'there is so much to look forward to.'"
He continued: "Thank you to all the fans who've come up to me over the years with that confused look on their faces and asked me: 'what the f**k is Donnie Darko about??' Happy 20th Donnie! Let's keep confusing people. Here's to 20 more."
In 2017, director Kelly was asked about a potential Donnie Darko sequel and shared the feeling that "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," Kelly told HMV at the time. "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."
Kelly also expressed pride at the career development of Gyllenhaal and his young co-stars since acting in Donnie Darko. "When you work with someone so early in their career you have a really great personal connection, especially me as a writer/director," Kelly said. "You might only work together for a few weeks, but it's there on film and it's an incredibly intimate process. I'll always root for them."
Last October, it was reported that Gyllenhaal will once again team with director Denis Villeneuve for new HBO limited series The Son. Find his Donnie Darko post below.