Linklater movie will take 20 years to shoot
Director Richard Linklater’s ambitious approach to time-spanning filmmaking just got even more ambitious.
The acclaimed director, who famously spent 12 years shooting his Oscarwinning coming-of-age film “Boyhood, “will now spend 20 years filming a feature-length adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical “Merrily We Roll Along.”
Principal photography has already been completed on the Blumhouse Productions project, which bills young stars Beanie Feldstein (“Lady Bird,” “Booksmart”), Ben Platt (“The Politician,” “Pitch Perfect”) and Blake Jenner (“The Edge of Seventeen”) in its cast.
“I first saw, and fell in love with ‘Merrily’ in the ’80s and I can’t think of a better place to spend the next 20 years than in the world of a Sondheim musical,” Linklater said in a statement Thursday. “I don’t enter this multi-year experience lightly, but it seems the best, perhaps the only way, to do this story justice on film.”
Based on George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1934 play, the Sondheim musical unfolds in reverse and follows three characters who have come to New York in the late 1950s to find fame and fortune.