“It’s Time To Travel Forward”
|Jackson Rathbone as Jeremy
Directed By: Chris Fisher
Written By: Nathan Atkins
Cast: Daveigh Chase, Briana Evigan, Ed Westwick
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
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S. Darko takes place in 1995, 7 years after the original film. It follows Donnie Darko’s younger sister, Samantha, who, in the wake of his death, has found herself at age 17 with a broken family, mired in feelings of insignificance. When she and her best friend Corey are plagued by bizarre visions, they set off on a road trip to Los Angeles, following Frank’s ghost. They arrive at a small town in the midst of a meteorite crash and begin to see the future.
Jackson plays the role of Jeremy. An extra described Jackson’s character as “sorta nerdy” and he also drove a BMW in the film. Throughout the film, Jeremy becomes “infected” by the meteorite and we begin to see a transformation in his character. He goes from a shy, nerdy individual to a confident one and eventually asks Samantha out on a date.
• Shooting began May 18, 2008, at 0400 hours at an undisclosed location. June 2008 parts of filming took place in Magna, and parts of Tooele, Utah.
• Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly is not involved with the film in any capacity, but when asked about his taking over the helm of the film series, the sequel’s director Fisher stated: “I am a great admirer of Richard Kelly’s film and hope to create a similar world of blurred fantasy and reality.”
• The “100 Monkeys” displayed on the theater marquee refers to Jackson Rathbone’s band of the same name.
• The meteorites falling to earth are actually tesseracts, four-dimensional hypercubes.
• Within the DVD commentary, director Chris Fisher states that My Own Private Idaho (1991) was an influence on him for this film
• This film was made on a 25 day schedule, for under $4 million.
• Jackson and actress, Daviegh Chase actually met each other before S. Darko. During his Disney 411 days, Daviegh was one of the many celebrities Jackson interviewed.
[At Randy's party, Jeremy loses his glasses]
Sam: [leans over and hands them to him]
Jeremy: “Right under my nose.”
[holding out her $20]
Jeremy: “I wanted to buy your lunch.”
Sam: “That’s sweet.”
Jeremy: “I don’t usually come to these kind of things.”
Sam: “So, uh, why’d you come to this one?”
Jeremy: “This – This is – This is impossible!”
Sam: “What? The fireworks?”
Jeremy: “No. The tesseracts!”
“Oh, yeah. That was kind of one of the first things that worried me when I signed on to do the project. But I read the script and met Chris [Fisher, director], and he has an amazing vision for it. Honestly, without this movie, the story wouldn’t even continue anywhere. Those Donnie Darko diehards will be the hardest to win over, and I hope they at least give it a chance.”
“I play this crazy character and it has to be one of the best character developments I’ve seen. I just jumped at the chance to play it. Chris Fisher is an amazing director. [Makeup artist] Christel Edwards did this amazing prosthetic effect on me, it was so much fun. It was a month in Utah and we just had a blast [shooting] up there.”
“Look at the original Donnie Darko. When it was first released, did anybody like it? No, it was a year later, through people talking, people got it. We’re in an opposite boat, because people loved the first one after a while. Maybe they’ll warm up to this, too. Or, they’ll hate the idea of it, but once they see it, I think they’re going to turn around. It takes the idea of the film, and it goes beyond, answering and delving into more questions than Donnie Darko did. A lot of people are pissed that Richard Kelly is not involved, but he did sell the idea. He did give the license to do it. So it’s not like he’s opposed to it.”