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Richard Linklater is talking about a Boyhood sequel

02.23.2015

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BOYHOOD may have only picked up a single Oscar last night but I trust we have only began to see the real impact the film will have on the industry and future filmmaking. It shouldn't come as much as a surprise either, knowing even a little about how the industry works, that talk of a sequel is making the rounds. Richard Linklater made a film over the course of 12 years; you would probably guess that the director wouldn’t want to take on that kind of schedule again. He also has that wonderful BEFORE SUNRISE trilogy that he worked on for nearly twenty years. So sure he can do sequels, but would he do another one like BOYHOOD?

He said "no" before, during the movies premiere at Sundance, but in a recent interview via The Playlist, Linklater admitted that he’s been thinking about the idea of a BOYHOOD sequel:

"To be honest… this film first met its audience exactly a year ago and for the first six months of the year, my answer to that was absolutely not. This was twelve years, it was first grade through 12th grade; it was about getting out of high school. I had no idea about another story, there’s nothing to say. It hadn’t crossed my mind. But I don’t know if it’s been a combination of finally feeling that this is over or being asked a similar question a bunch over the last year, that I thought, well, I wake up in the morning thinking, ‘the 20s are pretty formative, you know?’ That’s where you really become who you’re going to be. It’s one thing to grow up and go to college, but it’s another thing to… So, I will admit my mind has drifted towards [this sequel idea]."

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When word came out that Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, and Linklater had surprise in the way of BEFORE MIDNIGHT, people including myself were ecstatic. When we learned Linklater and company had filmed a movie over 12 years, we were stunned. So the idea of a sequel, while interesting, may not have the initial appeal than say another grand surprise from the filmmaker. He talked about the possible structure anyway:

"The twelve years [structure] came out of [school structure]. It wouldn’t have to be twelve years. It wouldn’t have to be… I mean, who knows. I mean, if I learned anything on the Before trilogy it took five years to realize that Jesse and Celine were still alive and had anything to say. This one would probably be more accelerated, but who knows."

Linklater did go on to say that nothing was official, it all depends on whether he has something to say:

"I’ve dealt with this before… I have, in my movies, touched on people in their 20s. So to what degree I’ll be going over certain territories again—I dunno, It’s impossible to say what may or may not come of it… I would love to keep working with this cast and I think we all would. But that can’t be the primary reason to do it. You always need something to say. You can’t do it just cause you want to work with your friends, you gotta have something really inside you you’re trying to communicate about those years. I might happen, but I dunno, it’s in the ether in the moment."

His next film, THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT opens later this year and was described as a sequel to both DAZED & CONFUSED and BOYHOOD. It revolves around a college freshman entering independent life for the first time. He may get to delve into the 20s as much as he can there, so that’s promising. Never doubt the journey that Linklater will take you on with his films; you better believe we still have a long way to go with him.

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4:30AM on 02/24/2015
If Linklater thinks that he can pull something like Boyhood with the sequel I'm 100% in. Boyhood was a game changer, doing the same process now at different stage of Mason (Coltrane) life would be a real challenge. But first let's hope he will have the right material for his idea...
If Linklater thinks that he can pull something like Boyhood with the sequel I'm 100% in. Boyhood was a game changer, doing the same process now at different stage of Mason (Coltrane) life would be a real challenge. But first let's hope he will have the right material for his idea...
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4:01AM on 02/24/2015
Manhood.

snicker.
Manhood.

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12:30AM on 02/24/2015

Dear Adam Sandler:

Please listen to Linklater's words:
"I would love to keep working with this cast and I think we all would. But that canít be the primary reason to do it. You always need something to say. You canít do it just cause you want to work with your friends, you gotta have something really inside you youíre trying to communicate..."
Please listen to Linklater's words:
"I would love to keep working with this cast and I think we all would. But that canít be the primary reason to do it. You always need something to say. You canít do it just cause you want to work with your friends, you gotta have something really inside you youíre trying to communicate..."
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12:00AM on 02/24/2015

Wait 10 years...

Film when the boy is age 30 to 45 and call it Fatherhood... see it from the parent's perspective this time
Film when the boy is age 30 to 45 and call it Fatherhood... see it from the parent's perspective this time
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9:49PM on 02/23/2015

Please god, no...

Boyhood was the year's most boring and overrated movie. Let it go away quietly.
Boyhood was the year's most boring and overrated movie. Let it go away quietly.
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10:06PM on 02/23/2015
That would be The Theory of Everything.
That would be The Theory of Everything.
9:15PM on 02/23/2015

It should be called Manhood.

It sounds kind of filthy but that title would reflect what most males think with in their twenties.
I hope Linklater continues with the "Before" films every 8-10 years or so. It is another fascinating experiment that yields great films that could track the couples lives beyond three films.
It sounds kind of filthy but that title would reflect what most males think with in their twenties.
I hope Linklater continues with the "Before" films every 8-10 years or so. It is another fascinating experiment that yields great films that could track the couples lives beyond three films.
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8:05PM on 02/23/2015
Adulthood?

There's no need for a sequel. Boyhood was a terrific film and a great cinematic accomplishment from all that contributed.
Adulthood?

There's no need for a sequel. Boyhood was a terrific film and a great cinematic accomplishment from all that contributed.
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8:13PM on 02/23/2015
Props for the title
Props for the title
8:29PM on 02/23/2015
Thanks.
Thanks.
8:02PM on 02/23/2015
Having a template to use, like school, makes sense. I wouldn't doubt his decision for a minute if Linklater made a sequel. But what would that sequel be about? Going through his twenties? Becoming a family man? Again, in Richard Linklater I trust, but part of the brilliance of Boyhood is we all knew exactly what this movie was about and why it ended when it did.
Having a template to use, like school, makes sense. I wouldn't doubt his decision for a minute if Linklater made a sequel. But what would that sequel be about? Going through his twenties? Becoming a family man? Again, in Richard Linklater I trust, but part of the brilliance of Boyhood is we all knew exactly what this movie was about and why it ended when it did.
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7:45PM on 02/23/2015
Have to actually see Boyhood before I can decide about a sequel, but as far as stunned about learning this movie existed, it's been reporting as happening right from the start.
Have to actually see Boyhood before I can decide about a sequel, but as far as stunned about learning this movie existed, it's been reporting as happening right from the start.
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