Richard Kelly (born March 28, 1975) is an American film director and writer, best known for 2001's Donnie Darko. Kelly was born in Newport News, Virginia and is a 1993 graduate of Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Virginia as well as the USC School of Cinema-Television.
His forthcoming film, Southland Tales, is set to be released in 2006, and will star Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott, Kevin Smith and Miranda Richardson.
He has in the past written scripts for film adaptations of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle and Louis Sachar's Holes but neither were produced. The latter screenplay is available as a PDF on unofficial Richard Kelly fansite and Kelly hopes that he will one day secure the rights to the former script, so that fans may read that one as well.