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'Donnie Darko' Filmmaker Richard Kelly Signs With WME (Exclusive)
Richard Kelly, the filmmaker behind cult classic Donnie Darko, has signed with William Morris Endeavor.
He was previously with CAA. The move to WME signals that Kelly is plotting a return to the director's chair after a lengthy absence.
Kelly has directed only four movies since 1997, but several have gained special stature in Hollywood. Darko, released in 2001, earned wide praise for the emerging filmmaker and helped establish Jake Gyllenhaal as an actor to watch.
A botched release date (the movie's key event features a plane crash, and it opened a month after the events of September 11) didn't do the movie any favors, but the film gained a tremendous following with its unique images, story and soundtrack.
Kelly followed up Darko with 2005's Southland Tales, an ambitious sci-fi collage epic with an all-star cast that included Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mandy Moore and Justin Timberlake.
Kelly last directed 2009's The Box, a sci-fi thriller that starred Cameron Diaz and was based on a Twilight Zone episode. He also wrote Domino, a Tony Scott-directed movie that starred Keira Knightley.
Kelly continues to be repped by Brian Young at Three Six Zero Entertainment and David Weber of Sloane Offer.