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Director's cut of ‘Donnie Darko’ to be released

The new version will premiere at the Seattle Film Festival.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The director’s cut of the cult favorite “Donnie Darko,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a teenager tormented by visions of a giant, evil rabbit, will premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival next month.

Organizers are expecting the May 29 showing to draw one of the biggest crowds at the festival’s 30th anniversary.

“Already, people are going crazy over the fact that it’s been announced it’s going to play at the festival,” festival spokeswoman Kathleen McInnis said Monday. “So I can only imagine what the turnout is going to be.”

“Donnie Darko,” which co-stars Drew Barrymore and Gyllenhaal’s sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, created a cult following after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001. It features elaborate special effects, a rarity for independent films because of the cost.

The director’s cut “has quite a bit of added footage and a more complete story line,” McInnis said.

Newmarket Films, which distributed “Donnie Darko,” will rerelease the movie in Seattle theaters after the festival, which runs May 20-June 14, McInnis said.