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.

Paramount announced an April 15, 2016 release date for Everybody Wants Some, formerly titled That's What I'm Talking About, the baseball film which shares some DNA with Dazed and Confused. With that release date, we're likely to see Linklater's latest debut next March at SXSW in the director's hometown of Austin, Texas. Everybody Wants Some stars Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman and Wyatt Russell (son of Kurt).

Meanwhile, Variety reports that Sony is courting Linklater to direct The Rosie Project, which recently cast Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role. The screenplay, based on the Graeme Simsion novel, was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, best known for (500) Days of Summer and The Fault in Our Stars.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller were previously in talks to direct The Rosie Project, which centers on a genetics professor who designs what he believes to be a flawless scientific survey which allows him to find his ideal mate. At the same time, a new woman — whose traits are the complete opposite of everything he desires — enters his life, completely throwing it off-kilter.

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