Richard Kelly’s ”Southland Tales” Gets Graphic

For a guy who has directed but one film, warmly received by critics but practically ignored by the general public both times it was released in theatres, “Donnie Darko” writer-director Richard Kelly has an amazing cult following going on, as recently witnessed by his recent appearance at the San Diego Comic Con, where he was promoting his upcoming multimedia project, “Southland Tales.”

Today, Kelly announced the film’s much anticipated prequel graphic novels will be released within the first quarter of 2006. Kelly’s Darko Entertainment along with Graphitti Designs and Kevin Smith’s View Askew Productions will publish these six separate 100 page graphic novels, each written by Kelly, that will lead-up to the feature film’s release as the final chapter. In addition, Kelly officially announced that Simon Theory is the character name of actor Kevin Smith, who will play a legless Iraqi war veteran in the film.

Teaser poster for “Southland Tales
“I am thrilled to have Kevin Smith as both an actor in Southland Tales as well as having his involvement in the prequel graphic novels for “Southland Tales.” The novels will give the die-hard fans more of an understanding of the back-story leading up the film’s theatrical release,” said Kelly.

Southland Tales, starring Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock), Seann William Scott (“American Pie,” “Dukes of Hazzard”) Sarah Michelle Gellar (“The Grudge,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Kevin Smith (“Chasing Amy,” “Clerks”), is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of 2008 Los Angeles, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros (Johnson) is an action star stricken with amnesia whose life intertwines with Krysta Now (Gellar), an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and David Clark (Scott), a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. The film is slated to begin principal photography on August 15, 2005.

Sean McKittrick will produce “Southland Tales” under the Darko Entertainment banner alongside Cherry Road principals Bo Hyde and Kendall Morgan. Executive producers are Matthew Rhodes and Judd Payne of Persistent Entertainment, Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel of Inferno Distribution, and Oliver Hengst of Academy Film Gmbh.

For additional information on the film and to view the titles of the six graphic novels, please visit the film’s official website, Southland Tales.