Richard Linklater’s Next Project Will Be A Comedy-Action Film Titled ‘Hitman’

Richard Linklater is one of the best filmmakers in Hollywood, and he has been for decades now. When he starts work on a new project, we take notice.

It was reported this week that Linklater’s next film will be an action-comedy titled Hitman. It’s set to tell the true story of an undercover hitman, played by ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ actor Glen Powell.

The script is actually based on a Texas Monthly magazine article by journalist Skip Hollandsworth.

 It details the fascinating story of hit man Gary Johnson, a staff investigator at the Harris Country district attorney’s office, who plays the role of hit man for police requiring the help of an undercover officer to catch individuals ordering a hit.

Powell is set to co-write the script with Linklater. He’ll also be in the starring role. According to the description, his character breaks protocol in order to help a desperate woman (Adria Arjona) trying to escape an abusive boyfriend.

Production on the film is scheduled to go down in October, so this movie could hit theaters sometime in 2023.

Powell previously worked with Linklater on ‘Apollo 10 1/2’ as well as ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ (2016). He also starred in ‘Set It Up’ and ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.’

Can’t wait for this one! Linklater knows how to do crime-comedy well. He directed the 2011 film ‘Bernie‘ with Jack Black as the star. If you haven’t watched it, you should check it out. One of Black’s best performances.

Richard Linklater Says He Never Made Money From The Success Of ‘Dazed and Confused’

Dazed and Confused‘ is a beloved cult classic. Actually, “cult” might not be the correct terminology. Its popularity has probably surpassed cult status.

And of course, the creator of the film, Richard Linklater, has went on to have an incredibly successful career in Hollywood, directing films like School of Rock, Boyhood, Before Sunrise, and Bernie. He’s a legend in the industry now.

But back when Dazed and Confused was released in the early ’90s, he was still trying to prove himself. He was a rookie in Hollywood, and sometimes, big studios take advantage of rookies.

During a recent interview with The Daily Beast, the now 61-year-old filmmaker revealed he never made any money off Dazed and Confused.

F**k no! How come a movie that cost less than $7 million has $12 million in interest against it? Ask Universal! Hollywood accounting. I remember really asking for a piece of the soundtrack, because I picked all the songs, and they were like, ‘Oh no…First film, you know?’ N.W.A is still pissed off about that first contract. Everybody has that first story of getting screwed with their first project. That film was an indie success. It made more than it cost theatrically, and over the years it’s been everywhere.

Linklater says the film made *at least* $30 million in revenue from the home video market, but he did not get a single piece of it.

And while he’s still a little annoyed by it, he’s also grateful the studio gave him a chance in the first place, considering a studio of that size would almost certainly not take the same risk today.

Here I complain, but they did greenlight the film, and they wouldn’t greenlight the film today. Cast of unknowns? Period film when not much happens, riding around? One film out of Sundance? I don’t think there’s a pitch for that movie today, so I sit here very, very blessed. I’m still grateful I got the film made, and got it made the way I wanted it to.

We’re grateful as well.

You can catch Linklater’s latest film, Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood, on Netflix streaming right now.

Watch The First Trailer For Richard Linklater’s Upcoming Film ‘Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood’

Richard Linklater is one of my favorite filmmakers, so when he drops a new movie, I pay attention. The first trailer for ‘Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood‘ just dropped, and I could not be more excited.

Linklater is returning to his animation roots with this film, which tells the story of the first moon landing in the summer of 1969 from two interwoven perspectives — the astronaut and mission control view, and through the eyes of a kid growing up in Houston who has space dreams of his own.

This a pretty personal story for Linklater, who explained how he found the inspiration for this project…

Eighteen years ago, I was pulling out memories of 2nd grade to help me construct the narrative of Boyhood’s second year. Even though that movie is a celebration of the non-extraordinary, it became clear to me I had lived through and close to something truly extraordinary – the grandest and most enduring engineering feat in human history.  I think it took decades for us to fully process that the Apollo program and walking on the moon was the apex because we’d all believed it was just a great beginning.

This film stars Zachary Levi, Jack Black, Milo Coy and Lee Eddy.

It’s set to drop on Netflix on April 1, 2022. No word on if it’ll also be released inside theaters. Check out the trailer below…

Ethan Hawke Teases That There Might Be A Fourth ‘Before’ Movie

If you haven’t watched the ‘Before‘ trilogy from Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, then you need to change that right now. It’s the perfect time, seeing as you’re most likely stuck inside the house anyway.

It all started with ‘Before Sunrise‘ back in 1995. The indie romantic flick was a surprise hit. It was loved by critics and had a cult-like following.

Nine years later, the trio released the sequel ‘Before Sunset‘ in 2004. It was once again praised by critics and loved by the general audience.

Then in 2013, they released ‘Before Midnight‘ which ended up winning several awards. Everyone thought that film marked the end of the beloved series. Three seems like a good number to end on.

But now Hawke is teasing that a fourth film could happen. He talked with IndieWire recently (via Instagram Live) and talked about what that fourth film might look like…

Linklater would want a different path, either a short film set four years after ‘Midnight’ or a feature two decades in the future. We think about it. Those are the three best experiences of my life: ‘Before Sunrise,’ ‘Before Sunset,’ and ‘Before Midnight.’ They are a part of me. So the idea of revisiting it, I would have to believe we could make something as good.

And while thinking about the potential film during the interview, he even came up with an idea for the fourth movie…

Wouldn’t it be hysterical if the next movie was just them in isolation? If there’s one person to make the world laugh about what’s happening now it’s Julie Delpy. I cant imagine what she would say about this. And Linklater is such a scientist. He has something powerful to say about this. Maybe this one should be set in Italy. Just go right into the fire and [Jesse and Celine] are singing with all those people on their porches.

Watch Matthew McConaughey’s Audition Tape For His Iconic Role In ‘Dazed and Confused’

I think we can all agree that Dazed and Confused is a classic. I’ve watched it with several people, all different ages, and every single one of them loved the movie. It was released 25 years ago, but it could have been released today and been just as successful.

One of the most memorable roles in the movie was Matthew McConaughey’s David Wooderson. It was the role that made McConaughey a legit star.

Would you be surprised to learn that he almost didn’t get it? The director of the movie, the talented Richard Linklater, did not think McConaughey was right for the part when he first saw him.

“When I first met Matthew, he came in and he’s, like, this really good-looking, clean-cut guy, and that threw me off, cause I never saw Wooderson like that. I was, like, ‘No, you’re not right for this part.’ I’m thinking this after just meeting him, and he looked at me, and he goes, ‘Hey, I’m not this guy, but I know this guy. I know this guy.’”

And so he auditioned and Linklater was blown away. He became Wooderson just like that, and if you don’t believe him, watch McConaughey’s audition tape below…

Last Flag Flying: Richard Linklater’s Latest Film Starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell And Laurence Fishburne Releases First Trailer!

If you’ve been following this site for the past few years, then you’ll know we are huge fans of Richard Linklater. The filmmaker has created some truly entertaining and emotional films, including Boyhood, The Before Trilogy, School of Rock, Dazed and Confused, and the list goes on and on.

Linklater’s latest film, Last Flag Flying, promises to be another great film in his collection. It has a pretty incredible cast with Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and the always lovely Laurence Fishburne.

The movie was adapted by Linklater and Darryl Ponicsan from Ponicsan’s novel Last Flag Flying, which is a sequel to The Last Detail

“Which itself inspired the 1973 Hal Ashby film that earned Jack Nicholson an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Given the awards appeal of Last Flag Flying, Cranston, who takes over Nicholson’s role as the hard-drinking Billy ‘Badass’ Buddusky, might just score one of his own.”

Last Flag Flying will debut at the New York Film Festival in late September. From there, it’ll be released in theaters on November 3. Check out the synopsis and trailer below…

“Last Flag Flying stars Steve Carell as Doc, a former Navy medic whose son is killed during the Iraq War. Not content with letting his son’s remains reside in Arlington National Cemetery, Doc recruits two of his ex-Marine buddies (Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) to help him drive the casket up the east coast to be buried at his home in New Hampshire.”

Richard Linklater Lands Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne And Bryan Cranston For His ‘The Last Detail’ Sequel

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Showing any excitement for sequels is something I try to avoid doing, but as a Richard Linklater fanboy, I am finding it difficult to hold back my excitement for his latest project.

Back in 2006, Linklater talked about his interest in adapting Darryl Ponicsan’s 2004 novel Last Flag Flying, which is a follow-up to his own 1970 novel The Last Detail. As some of you probably know, the original book was made into a feature film in 1973, starring Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid and the late Otis Young. The comedy-drama was nominated for three academy awards, and in a 1996 interview, Nicholson called it his best role.

The original story follows two Navy men (Nicholson and Young) who are ordered to bring a delinquent sailor to prison but decide to show him “one last good time along the way.”

The second book, released in 2004, reunites the audience with the trio in a post 9/11 American life. The Hollywood Reporter explains

“The former Naval petty officers come to the aid of their former prisoner, who needs their help to bring home the body of his son who was killed in Iraq. The request sends them back retracing their journey from Norfolk, Va., to Portsmouth, N.H.”

This is the story Linklater wants to tell, and he originally wanted to bring back Nicholson and Quaid, but now it looks like he is hoping to get your attention by casting some hot names in Hollywood.

Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne are in talks to join the sequel, which might start filming in November. Amazon Studios will be helping out Linklater with this project. It’ll be their first time working together.

No release date has been announced, but we’ll keep you posted.

Hey, Everybody! Don’t Forget About Richard Linklater’s Latest Film ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

If you have been following my articles (you probably haven’t) then you know I am a huge fan of almost everything Richard Linklater does. If someone on the street walked up to me with a gun and yelled, “Name a terrible movie made by Richard Linklater in less than 30 seconds or you die!” I’d probably die.

After the wild success of Boyhood, Linklater has returned with ‘Everybody Wants Some!!‘ which has been described as the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused. When we posted the first trailer for the film on our site a few months ago, we weren’t that impressed.

It didn’t look bad, it just didn’t look like anything special. And that was difficult for me to admit as a proud member of The Linksies, the exclusive fan club for the filmmaker. We meet every Tuesday night at random Waffle House locations across the country. We’re currently accepting applications, by the way.

After watching that first trailer, I was worried I might finally have an answer to give the deranged gunman who haunts my dreams. But I’m happy to report the film has been receiving great reviews from critics. It has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and fans who saw an early screening seemed to have enjoyed the experience.

Basically, if you’re a fan of Linklater, you probably won’t be disappointed. Everybody Wants Some will get a limited release on March 30, quickly followed by a wide release April 8. You should buy a ticket and support this movie because it’s the right thing to do. And also because you want some. Everybody wants some.

Official synopsis:

“Set in the world of 1980s college life, Everybody Wants Some is a comedy, directed and written by Richard Linklater, that follows a group of college baseball players as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Get ready for the best weekend ever.”

WATCH: The First Trailer For Richard Linklater’s Spiritual Sequel To ‘Dazed and Confused’ Has Been Released!

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You all should know by now that my love for Richard Linklater could be classified as unhealthy. It all started a few years ago when I realized several of my favorites movies had a Linklater connection: Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, School of Rock.

And then my admiration for the director/writer hit a new record last year with the release of Boyhood. The best film of 2014. His style might be considered boring by some people, but I love every single thing about it.

This is why I am still excited for his latest film, Everybody Wants Some, even though the first trailer doesn’t look that impressive. You can watch the trailer at the bottom of this page. It has a few bright moments, but for the most part it lacks that Linklaterness we all know and love.

But we must remember it’s just one trailer. A great trailer doesn’t guarantee a great film, and a bad trailer doesn’t guarantee a bad film. Everybody Wants Some has been described as the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, and that’s reason enough to give it a chance. The film will premiere in March at SXSW 2016 in Austin, Texas. It’s scheduled to hit theaters April 15.

Official synopsis:

“Set in the world of 1980s college life, Everybody Wants Some is a comedy, directed and written by Richard Linklater, that follows a group of college baseball players as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Get ready for the best weekend ever.”

 

The Dream Team: Jennifer Lawrence Wants Richard Linklater To Direct Her Next Movie

As some of you may know, Boyhood was one of my favorite movies last year. The coming-of-age masterpiece was directed by the great Richard Linklater. The man behind films such as, School of Rock, Dazed and Confused and Before Sunrise.

He’s one of the best directors in the game, and according to recent reports, the hottest actress in Hollywood wants to work with him. Deadline reports that Linklater is now the frontrunner for the job of directing Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming film, The Rosie Project. The script is based on a novel of the same name by Graeme Simison.

The book centers on a genetics professor with limited social skills, “who thinks he has conjured a scientific survey to find a perfect mate. That goes awry when he meets Rosie (Lawrence), a mismatched woman who becomes irresistible to him.”

Phil Lord and Chris Miller were the first directors attached to this project; however, they dropped out to focus on the young Han Solo Star Wars film. Scheduling shouldn’t be an issue with Linklater. We know he just finished work on Everybody Wants Some, which has been described as the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused. The comedy will focus on a group of college kids trying to make the baseball team. It’s scheduled to be released April 16, 2016.

As always, we will keep you posted. Hopefully they can reach a deal. It would be nice to see a Lawrence/Linklater film.