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What’s Going On With ‘Southland Tales’?

What's Going On With 'Southland Tales'?

As I book and plan my trip to the Cannes Film Festival, I’m reminded of the films I saw there in May 2006 (including Pan’s Labyrinth, The Host, Babel, Red Road, Fast Food Nation, etc.). But I’m also reminded of the films I saw at Cannes, which have not yet found a definite road to release even one year later. On the top of that list, is Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales, his follow-up to his acclaimed debut, Donnie Darko. My expectations were very high, and after attending the premiere, I was fairly disappointed.

I was not alone, as critics and industry saw the 2.5-hour, post-apocalyptic comedy as a bit of a mess. I feel bad, because I’ve gotten to know Kelly vaguely over the last year (most recently catching up with him at a party during Sundance). He’s obviously a talented writer and director, it just seems that Southland Tales went awry somehwere down the line. Today, Cinematical recaps the latest on the whole messy road to release. It looks like the film may see the light of day (in a much shorter configuration) sometime this summer? Check out more updates and thoughts, courtesy of Erik Davis.

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