Richard Linklater To Spend 20 Years Shooting Next Project

We’ve heard of some films taking a year or two to film, but director Richard Linklater’s next project will take him and his cast 20 years. Yes, you heard that right, the Oscar nominated director’s next project will take him little more than someone’s childhood and teenage years to make.

Linklater is no stranger to taking a long time to film his projects. After all his Oscar nominated film Boyhood was a landmark film that took him 12 years to make, which added to the effectiveness of the story because it allowed him to tell it using one actor as he aged. No one thought any project would be able to beat that record either, but The Dazed and Confused director will manage to outdo himself if the project is completed. 

What is the project you might ask? It’s an adaptation of  Stephen Sondheim‘s musical Merrily We Roll Along. The film is set to star Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein, and will stay true to the musical’s storyline, which was based on a 1934 play of the same name. The plot follows the story of a Broadway composer that moves to Los Angeles in order to begin making films. The story begins at the end, with the composer at the peek of his Hollywood career, who reflects back at the life he lived and how he got to where he did. The film is scheduled to be made at various points over the course of the next 20 years, which will allow Linklater to film the flashback scenes first and use the same actors without having to rely on makeup and special effects in order to age them. 

Platt is known for his role in the Pitch Perfect franchise of films, while Feldstein is best known for this year’s film Booksmart. 

At this point, no release date has been given, but really no one even knows what other films will be made for the year 2040.

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