By Will Ashton
It appears that today is “Richard Linklater Day” for The Watching World. After the announcement earlier today that a past Linklater film, School of Rock, would be getting the small-screen treatment on Nickelodeon, it looks as though Linklater’s future projects are changing quite a bit.
For a couple weeks, maybe even a couple months, it was looking as though the director would be following up Boyhood with a remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet for Warner Bros. It snatched up a cast including Zach Galifiankis, Jon Hamm, Key & Peele, Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, all either an animated or live-action character, and was hoping to begin filming later this year or earlier next on the long-in-development remake. But it appears that Warner Bros. dreams of bringing Mr. Limpet back to the big screen have just been temporarily shortsighted, as Linklater has officially stepped away from the director’s chair on the project.
What will he be doing instead? Well, apparently, he is going to make a spiritual sequel to his much-loved high school film Dazed and Confused, titled That’s What I’m Talking About. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the movie will be set in the ’80s—opposed to the 70s—and set in college. Also, this is apparently a semi-autobiographical film and, based on the wide acclaim that he has gathered from his past two movies, Boyhood and Before Midnight, he wants to use that goodwill in order to get That’s What I’m Talking About rolling in front of cameras this fall. But, if Linklater is going to get stuck doing award rounds for Boyhood, production may have to be moved back to early 2015.
Moreover, Linklater even said that he may have a part of Matthew McCounghey, having noted in the past, “It’s not really a sequel; that’s a word that just kind of comes out. They’re not the same characters.”
Now that Linklater has left the remake, Warner Bros. is in the process of trying to find a new director for the movie, so that they can kept their well built-up cast intact.
While The Incredible Mr. Limpet would have seen Linklater reuniting with animators Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta, who helped animate Linklater’s Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, this project definitely sounds like it would be a far more inspired and personal film than Mr. Limpet would ever be.