Richard Kelly (director)

Richard Kelly (born March 28, 1975 in Newport News, Virginia) is an American film director and writer, best known for 2001's "Donnie Darko". Kelly grew up in Midlothian, Virginia where he attended Midlothian High School before getting a scholarship and moving to Southern California to study at the USC School of Cinema-Television. He made two short films at USC, "The Goodbye Place" and "Visceral Matter", before graduating in 1997. [ [ Notable Alumni, USC School of Cinematic Arts] .]

He has written scripts for film adaptations of Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle" and Louis Sachar's "Holes", although neither was produced. The latter screenplay is available as a PDF on [ an unofficial Richard Kelly fansite] and Kelly hopes that he will one day secure the rights to the former script, so that fans may read that one as well.

His fourth film, "Southland Tales", a rough cut of which screened at Cannes Film Festival 2006, was released November 16th, 2007 and stars Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott, Kevin Smith and Miranda Richardson.

In 2008, Kelly's production company Darko Entertainment announced that it was producing the adaptation of the bestselling book "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" with director Bob Gosse. [cite news
last = SIEGEL
first = TATIANA
title = Darko to serve Tucker Max's 'Beer'
publisher = Variety
date = Jun. 5, 2008,
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accessdate = 2008-06-20
] [ [] Darko Entertainment Adapting I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell] The book's author Tucker Max detailed Kelly's involvement in the process on his blog. [ [ IHSTBIH Blog Entry: Darko to serve Tucker Max's 'Beer'] June 6th, 2008] [ [ Tucker Max shares his opinion of Darko Entertainment] Richard Kelly's homepage]


Writer and director

* "The Goodbye Place" (1996)
* "Visceral Matter" (1997)
* "Donnie Darko" (2001)
* "Southland Tales" (2007)
* "The Box" (2008)


* "Domino" (2005, screenplay, story)
* "The House at the End of the Street"
* "Optimistic" (2006, announced)
* "Vanishing Point" upcoming remake of the 1971 road movie


*"I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" a film adaptation of the bestselling book by Tucker Max


External links

*imdb name|id=0446819|name=Richard Kelly
* [ Southland Tales]
* [ Richard Kelly unofficial fansite]
* [ Interview]
* [ Donnie Darko Interview]

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