It might be just a “stupid bunny suit” to Donnie Darko, but Frank the Bunny will soon be on display at an L.A. museum due the mark it has made in cinema history. Directed by Richard Kelly, Donnie Darko is a mindbending psychological thriller that has been confusing audiences for more than two decades since its release in 2001. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as the titular teenager, the film follows young Donnie who’s haunted by visions of a mysterious figure in a rabbit costume, named “Frank,” who manipulates the troubled youngster into committing serious crimes.
Frank the Rabbit is played by James Duval in the film. Recently, Duval posted a pair of images to Instagram revealing that he has since reunited with the screen-worn costume used for Donnie Darko. The actor explained how Frank has been donated to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures where it will soon be on display. Duval also teased that more information was soon to come.
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“Just me and my shadow,…reunited with my screen worn suit and mask courtesy of Jack Morrissey,” he said. “It is an absolute honor and a pleasure to be a part of it. More news coming up!”
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Donnie Darko Will Get a New Sequel
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In the years since its release, Donnie Darko has maintained a cult following and is widely considered to be one of the greatest indie movies ever made. A sequel, S. Darko, was released in 2009 with a new plot following Donnie’s younger sister, but it did not involve original writer-director Richard Kelly. The follow-up film was not as well-received as the original, putting it lightly.
However, Kelly has been teasing a new Donnie Darko sequel in recent years. Last year, he provided an update on his planned sequel and said that progress is coming along well on the screenplay. Of course, he could not provide any specific details about the plot or how the new story will be connected to the original Donnie Darko.
“Well, I’m probably not allowed to say anything more than there has been an enormous amount of work completed,” Kelly said, via Comingsoon.net. “I’m hopeful that we might get to explore that world in a very big and exciting way. But we’ll see what happens. But there has been a lot of work done. A lot of work has been done.”
Also last year, Jake Gyllenhaal took to Instagram to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Donnie Darko. He posted an image of the script and other mementos and thanked the fans who are still confused by the movie’s events two decades later.
“Pulled out my script and some artifacts from Donnie Darko… It was released 20 years ago today,” the actor said. “It’s a film that changed my life and my career and it’s been unreal to watch this story find afterlives with new audiences and new generations, and yet, what Donnie said to Roberta Sparrow is still true: ‘there is so much to look forward to.’ Thank you to all the fans who’ve come up to me over the years with that confused look on their faces and asked me: ‘what the f**k is Donnie Darko about??’ Happy 20th Donnie! Let’s keep confusing people. Here’s to 20 more.”
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