We have not one, but two pieces of Richard Linklater news today. First, the director's next project, sometimes described as a "spiritual sequel" to his classic Dazed and Confused, has acquired a 2016 release date. In addition, now that Linklater is finished with that project, Sony is eyeing him for The Rosie Project, the new romantic dramedy starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Tonight’s Best Picture and Best Director race at the 2015 Oscars basically boils down to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman. Filmed over the course of 12 years by Linklater, Boyhood is a remarkable accomplishment, but it’s not a film that immediately inspires thoughts of a sequel. Although he previously expressed no desire in making a sequel, Linklater has now changed his tune, revealing that Boyhood follow-up is quite possible.
It’s been one heck of a journey for Richard Linklater and his movie ‘Boyhood.’ Shooting on the film began over a dozen years ago; each and every year since, he and his cast and crew would reunited to add a new chapter to the story of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his family. Imagine the kind of dedication and commitment that sort of project takes. I had a hard time focusing for the 30 straight minutes it took to write this blog post.
Richard Linklater is one of our most prolific directors, and his 2014 film ‘Boyhood’ may very well be on its way to taking home an Oscar. Linklater announced plans last year to direct ‘That’s What I’m Talking About,’ a film he’s called a “spiritual” sequel to his classic ‘Dazed and Confused’—but according to a new interview with the director, it’s not a sequel in the sense that you’re probably thinking, and although he’s referred to it as something of a follow-up to ‘Boyhood,’ it’s not a sequel to that film, either. But he did offer plenty of details about ‘That’s What I’m Talking About,’ which may or may not undergo a name change before it hits theaters.
I think it was Jack Black (or maybe AC/DC) who once said it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll. Black sang those rocktacular words in Richard Linklater’s ‘School of Rock,’ the 2003 about a struggling musician who becomes a substitute teacher at a prep school, and then begins to lead his students as they form a band. The movie was a surprise hit in theaters, and it’s already in development as a Nickelodeon TV show. But it’s long way to the top will culminate late next year, when ‘School of Rock’ hits the Great White Way as a Broadway show.
Starting today, you can purchase ‘Boyhood’ for digital download (you can rent it, or get it on DVD and Blu-ray starting on January 6). To mark the occasion, IFC Films released this excellent 10-minute featurette, which includes interviews with the cast from 2002, when the unique “12-Year Project” to document these characters’ lives began, and 2014, when it finally concluded. You can see how much they’ve aged physically and how much they’ve matured emotionally, and it adds a lot of eye-opening background detail about the story and its meaning.
It's an old fashioned truism in Hollywood: when your 12-years-in-the-making film about growing up proves to be a critical and financial success, you immediately abandon your remake of a movie about a man who turns into a fish to work on another...
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Director Richard Linklater recently impressed with 'Boyhood,' the incredible movie that took the filmmaker 12 years to make. But one of his next projects is decidedly much different: a remake of 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet,' with Zach Galifianakis filling the funny shoes of Don Knotts in the title role. The project is drawing boatloads of talent, including Jon Hamm, Sarah Silverman, Josh Gad, and many more.
Filming on 'Boyhood' started in 2002. Then, Linklater filmed his cast -- Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Linklater's own daughter, Lorelei Linklater -- every year for 12 years, finally finishing in 2013.