‘Donnie Darko’ Director Reveals How One Christopher Nolan Tip Made the Film Easier to Follow

‘Donnie Darko’ Director Reveals How One Christopher Nolan Tip Made the Film Easier to Follow
Donnie Darko” director Richard Kelly marked the 20th anniversary of the film’s Sundance world premiere by participating in The Ringer’s in-depth oral history of the 2001 cult classic. Included in the “Donnie Darko” deep dive is Kelly’s reveal that the film was made easier to follow thanks to one piece of advice courtesy of Christopher Nolan and his wife and producer Emma Thomas, which they suggested to him after a private screening. It turns out the parenthetical title cards that appear beneath each October 1988 date in the film came from team Nolan as a way to keep track of the climactic doomsday event drawing nearer.

“Chris and his wife, it was their idea to put the parenthetical beneath the title cards,” Kelly said.

Kelly has often spoke about Christopher Nolan’s role in getting “Donnie Darko” released. Nolan and Thomas worked with former studio Newmarket on the production
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