Richard Kelly wants to animate Southland Tales prequel

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I would never say that I like Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales, but I can’t help but enjoy watching it. I know what the film is supposed to be about, but it just turns into this complete and utter mess that seems to transcend all possible logic. It is nice to have a movie that reminds us that pimps don’t commit suicide, though. These things are life lessons. Also, there’s a part where two cars do the nasty thanks to Wallace Shawn’s magic machine thingy. In an interview with Kevin Smith, Richard Kelly expressed his regrets of how bonkers Southland Tales was, especially to those that did not read the graphic novel prequel. Southland Tales was meant to be parts four through six in a six-part series, with the graphic novel comprising the first three. As someone who has read the graphic novel, I can say that it does improve things, if only just.

Now, Kelly has written a screenplay condensing the 360-page graphic novel into two-ish hours of prequel, which Kelly says he’d like to see in an animated form. He admits that, without the prequel, Southland Talesis essentially an unfinished film, which was one of my…

 

I would never say that I like Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales, but I can’t help but enjoy watching it. I know what the film is supposed to be about, but it just turns into this complete and utter mess that seems to transcend all possible logic. It is nice to have a movie that reminds us that pimps don’t commit suicide, though. These things are life lessons. Also, there’s a part where two cars do the nasty thanks to Wallace Shawn’s magic machine thingy. In an interview with Kevin Smith, Richard Kelly expressed his regrets of how bonkers Southland Tales was, especially to those that did not read the graphic novel prequel. Southland Tales was meant to be parts four through six in a six-part series, with the graphic novel comprising the first three.  As someone who has read the graphic novel, I can say that it does improve things, if only just.

Now, Kelly has written a screenplay condensing the 360-page graphic novel into two-ish hours of prequel, which Kelly says he’d like to see in an animated form. He admits that, without the prequel, Southland Tales is essentially an unfinished film, which was one of my largest issues with it. That said, he’s going to be hard-pressed to find a backer for the prequel, as two of his three films have been massive critical and financial failures. For a guy like me, who can see there’s something different, for lack of a better word, deep inside Southland Tales, I hope he can make it happen.

[Via /Film]