Director Richard Kelly revealed that the reason "Southland Tales" only grossed $370,000 at the box office and has a 36% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes is because audiences were viewing the last three of six chapters of a graphic novel and may have had trouble understanding what they were watching.
Kelly (Donnie Darko, The Box) recently spoke to Kevin Smith, stating that he already has a script for a "Southland" prequel and is now trying to figure out a way to develop it. He said:
"I knew that people wouldn't understand 'Southland Tales' unless they read the graphic novels. But I still to this day feel like 'Southland Tales' is an unfinished film, and if it takes me until I'm in a wheelchair breathing oxygen, I'm going to figure out how to advance the graphic novels further — whether its trying to put them together as a low budget animated film, whether it looks like 'Waltz with Bashir' or it looks like one of 'The Animatrix' prequels. I still want to figure out a way to tell the entire 'Southland Tales' story over six chapters because I think it would make a lot more sense to people and I think people would reassess the entire film and what it is."
minkowskiwrites: on November 29th, 2010 at 8:49:41 PM
No, goddamnit. No more SOuthland Tales and no more Richard Kelly.
Yes, he had something of a cult hit with Donnie Darko but he's squandered that good will with every other film he's made, including Southland Tales which was an incoherent abomination with not one redeeming feature, save that it eventually ended and The Box, a film that did to Matheson's short story what 1408 did to King's.
I refused to watch this abortion after my brother told me it gave him aids for just renting it ... yet donnie darko was good hell its one of the few films i had watched twice back to back .
darkraven28writes: on November 30th, 2010 at 4:10:01 AM
And Richard Kelly screamed:
f*ck YOU, COHERENCE! f*ck YOU, INTERESTING CHARACTERS! f*ck YOU, PLOT! f*ck YOU, THREE ACT STRUCTURE! f*ck YOU, LOW ASS GROSSES! I CAN DO WHAT I WANT!!!!! EVEN IF NOBODY WATCHES THE sh*t ANYMORE.
Kelly's quotes in that article are complete and utter bullsh*t. And it just sounds like a desperate ploy to compare Southland Tales to the Star Wars saga, where we in fact DID see the latter trilogy of the two first out of the gate and we UNDERSTOOD IT JUST FINE. I didn't need to know that Darth Vader banged Natalie Portman to get his kids. But it's still there, for whatever it's worth. But for the love of God, will somebody just stop this maniac from making another Southland movie. It is just not necessary, unless Richard Kelly is captured by Frank Darabont and is forced to learn how to actually write a script.
johnny_boywrites: on November 30th, 2010 at 5:16:53 AM
I would like to thank Cameron Diaz. I Probaly would have watched the film if she didn't spoil the ending. Thanks, sweetheart. Now eat some chocolate and enlarge your breast and ass. You are Latina for gods sake.
raza12writes: on November 30th, 2010 at 5:26:40 AM
Why didn't he just start with the first three in the first place?
Big_Daddywrites: on November 30th, 2010 at 8:31:13 AM
The Cam man was not in the film, How did she spoil the ending? Just curious.
I may or may not have contributed to that 370,000
lawmanwrites: on November 30th, 2010 at 11:14:37 AM
With 370,000 in box office takes, exactly HOW many people DIDNT understand the movie? 3700 if its 10 bucks a ticket. More people watch me take a sh*t in the mornings! Stop trying to come up with reasons OTHER than your movie tastes penis!
darkraven28writes: on November 30th, 2010 at 7:54:44 PM
I'd rather just watch The Rundown again. After all, it's the better of the 2 films starring The Rock and Sean William Scott.