Published Aug 30, 2019Richard Linklater took 12 years to shoot coming-of-age film Boyhood, but his next film is set to break that record. The director's upcoming adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Merrily We Roll Along will reportedly be filmed over 20 years.
The film centres on a successful film producer looking back on the last 20 years of his life, chronicling his rise to fame and the subsequent deterioration of his closest relationships, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As with the musical and the play of the same name on which it is loosely based, the events will be depicted in reverse chronological order.
The film will star Blake Jenner (Everybody Wants Some!!, The Edge of Seventeen), Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect) and Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird, Booksmart).
The first chunk of the movie —the film's finale — has already been filmed, which means that the final section — the film's beginning — will presumably be filmed around 2039, when Linklater will be 79.
Linklater's latest movie Where'd You Go, Bernadette? was released earlier this month.