For a dude who has explicitly espoused the virtues of chilling across several of his films, Richard Linklater’s been a pretty tireless director as of late. He completed his Before trilogy with Before Midnight in 2013, finally showed the world Boyhood in 2014, caught his breath and presumably enjoyed a few cold ones in 2015, returned last year with Everybody Wants Some!!, and is slated for another release this year, the Bryan Cranston-led war picture Last Flag Flying. And Linklater still shows no signs of slowing down, as a new announcement from Annapurna Pictures revealed this morning that the filmmaker’s next next picture has already been squared away and has a star to match.
Even for a guy whose films are unified by their pervasive sense of chillness, Richard Linklater’s never been lacking in ambition. He’s pulled off formless philosophical rambles (Slacker, Waking Life) and a bildungsroman twelve years in the making (Boyhood), but his grandest project has to be the Before trilogy of romance films. Across three decades and three pictures (1995’s Before Sunrise, 2004’s Before Sunset, and 2013’s Before Midnight) Linklater has tracked what could justly be named one of cinema’s great love affairs as it’s progressed from infatuation at first sight to a long-awaited reunion to adult life and the domesticity that goes with it.
Richard Linklater’s follow-up to Everybody Wants Some is another sequel of sorts, but in an intriguing twist, it’s not connected to one of his own films. Instead, the Boyhood director has been developing a sequel to The Last Detail, the classic 1973 film starring Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid. And now we have a few more reasons to get excited for Linklater’s latest: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne.
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In what is surely a first in the 120-year history of movie marketing, the poster for Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some advertises the film as a “spiritual sequel” — specifically to Linklater’s classic high school movie Dazed and Confused. But Dazed and Confused chronicled a day in the lives of a variety of Texas teenagers: Nerds, athletes, stoners, hipsters, rockers, and bullies. Everybody Wants Some focuses almost exclusively on a bunch of boorish jocks; the rowdy members of the baseball team at an unnamed Texas college. In other words, its spirit is nothing like Dazed and Confused’s. It’s more like a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused if every character was Fred O’Bannion, the obnoxious a-hole played by Ben Affleck who cruises around town looking for incoming freshmen to beat with a wooden paddle.
What separates Richard Linklater’s crowning achievement Dazed and Confused (unless you consider his crowning achievement to be the generation-spanning Boyhood, or the rocket of pure joy that is School of Rock, or the minor miracles of the Before...
Richard Linklater is headed to Austin. The South By South West Film Festival announced on Tuesday that Linklater’s latest film, Everybody Wants Some, will open the fest next year.
Cate Blanchett’s next film is generating major, awards-worthy buzz, and while most of us (the smart ones) anxiously await the release of Carol, the actress is already plotting another potential awards contender. Blanchett is reportedly eyeing a lead role in Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s best-selling novel.
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.