I’ve never seen S. Darko. And I don’t think I will. The movie is a B.S. sequel to writer-director Richard Kelly’s cult classic Donnie Darko. And it’s pretty much hated by planet Earth. But in a strange twist of fate, it turns out the flick is actually more profitable than the original. According to producer Adam Fields.
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Fields tells Screen Rant: “According to the most recent profit statement, it’s lost more money than the movie cost — that’s the real magic of ‘Hollywood Accounting. Especially because it wasn’t like they spent so much money on marketing! It’s really amazing that this $4.5 million movie that became the biggest movie on Netflix — and in the last 15 years there’s never been a time when it’s not on a cable station or a streaming platform. I think Fox Home Video sold three million units in the first few years. That’s a lot of units for a movie that didn’t perform in theaters. Then, they paid millions to extend those rights. Yet over the entire last 16 years, they’ve reported less than $150k in domestic revenue. Where did all that money go? Into the wormhole?“
He continues: “The irony is, I just got a profit check for S. Darko for $75! It ain’t much, but the sequel, that was never released in theaters, cost almost the same as the original, and I’ve never seen it on any cable or streaming platform…and yet, that movie is somehow profitable, while the original, this cult phenomenon, has lost more money than it cost to make! These profit statements have a standard clause that they can charge interest on the budget until it’s been recouped, which is fine, but each dollar that comes is supposed to reduce that amount. They’ve never applied any revenue to the cost of the movie, so the interest keeps growing every year. So now the interest is greater than the cost of the film…but it would be great if just a few dollars trickled down to the people who made the movie.”
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Kelly still plans to follow up Donnie Darko but unlike S. Darko, next time he’ll handle it himself. Which obviously sounds like the best way to move the franchise forward.
S. Darko is directed by Chris Fisher and stars Daveigh Chase and Briana Evigan. S. Darko is set seven years after Donnie Darko and follows his sister Samantha Darko who’s experiencing sleepwalking, hallucinations, and apparent time travel as she tries to unravel a small town’s mysteries. Rated R for some Violent Content, language, and rief Drug Use, the film only managed to snag a 13% rating over on Rotten Tomatoes.
Have you seen S. Darko? What did you think?