Lin­klater movie will take 20 years to shoot

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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.

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