Richard Kelly

Director, Screenwriter
When "Donnie Darko" (2001) first premiered in theaters, it perplexed audiences and seemed doomed to DVD anonymity - that is until it was rediscovered by fans and critics, giving the film and its creator a rare second ... Read more »
Born: 03/27/1975 in Newport News, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Writer (7)

The Box 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Southland Tales 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

(Story By)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Donnie Darko 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Amicus (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Corpus Christi (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (6)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Box 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

World's Greatest Dad 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Amicus (Movie)

(Producer)

Corpus Christi (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (5)

The Box 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Southland Tales 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Donnie Darko 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Amicus (Movie)

(Director)

Corpus Christi (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

When "Donnie Darko" (2001) first premiered in theaters, it perplexed audiences and seemed doomed to DVD anonymity - that is until it was rediscovered by fans and critics, giving the film and its creator a rare second chance in Hollywood. Growing up as the son of an educator and a scientist, Kelly had long been fascinated by art and film, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California's vaunted film program. Through sheer determination, he was able to direct his first feature film, "Donnie Darko" on a shoestring budget. Although initially a commercial disappointment, the complex metaphysical tale eventually garnered a loyal following, earning Kelly the chance to bring his unique vision to the screen once more with "Southland Tales" (2007). Enigmatic and ambitious to a fault, the film was greeted by nearly universal ambivalence - if not outright disdain - upon its release, calling into question for many Kelly's promise as a viable filmmaker. Two years later, he wrote and directed his third feature, "The Box" (2009), based on a short story by Richard Matheson and starring Cameron Diaz. Unfortunately, the movie was far from the accessible thriller many had hoped for, and the film performed poorly in theaters. Acknowledged as one of young Hollywood's more unique directorial voices - one that harkened back to the auteur era of the 1970s - Kelly nonetheless would continue to struggle to find the balance between the personal vision and professional success which would allow him to progress as a filmmaker.

Relationships

Ennis Kelly Special Thanks

Father

Lane Kelly Special Thanks

Mother

EDUCATION

Midlothian High School

Midlothian , Virginia

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1993 - 1997
Enrolled on an art scholarship; transferred to the film department

Milestones

2009

Directed "The Box," starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden; also produced and wrote the screenplay

2007

Wrote and directed "Southland Tales," featuring an ensemble cast that included Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Seann William Scott

2005

Wrote the screenplay about the life of bounty hunter Domino Harvey, "Domino"; directed by Tony Scott

2001

Feature film debut as director and screenwriter, "Donnie Darko"

1997

Began writing script for what would become his feature debut

1997

Made the short film "Visceral Matter," while at USC

After college, worked in a post-production house for about a year

Wrote and directed second short "The Goodbye Place" at USC

Bonus Trivia

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"This may have been the darkest film I'll ever make, but I also think of it as a black comedy." - Richard Kelly on "Donnie Darko" to The New York Times, Oct. 28, 2001

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