Richard Linklater

To steal a line from The Most Interesting Man in the World, Richard Linklater doesn’t always make sequels, but when he does, he makes some of the most vital sequels a film lover could ask for. One of those, Before Midnight, is about to slide into theaters this weekend with with almost unanimously positive reviews. Not bad for the second sequel to a movie that few thought needed a sequel in the first place.

Now the director reveals that he’s making plans to shoot a “spiritual sequel” to another of his hits, Dazed and Confused, this fall. Additionally, he reveals that Growing Up — his 12-year-long effort about childhood and adolescence — could hit theaters as soon as 2014. The next couple of years are gonna be a pretty sweet time for Linklater fans. Hit the jump to read his comments.

Linklater offered the Dazed and Confused follow-up update during an AMA session on Reddit. The movie was titled That’s What I’m Talking About as of several years ago, but Linklater doesn’t mention it by name. He does, however, offer the intriguing news that he’s almost ready to start shooting.

Hoping to make it this fall, actually. A college comedy. I feel like mixing it up with a big ensemble.

Assuming his plans go according to schedule, that means the film could hit in 2014 at the earliest. That is, if Growing Up (formerly titled Boyhood) doesn’t push it into the year after that. Asked by one Reddit user about “the most realistic ETA” on the coming-of-age film, Linklater simply replied, “2014 hopefully.”

The unusual drama has been brewing for a long, long time. Linklater started working with child star Ellar Salmon in 2002 when he was just six years old, shooting little by little each year. That approach is bound to come with some unique challenges, but Linklater told Collider that the project is turning out more or less as he’d hoped.

[It’s] pretty close [to my original plan]. Believe it or not, every project is basically as designed. When people ask anything like what you said, of course. To me, film is all about structure and planning, and trying to get it exactly the way you’re thinking of it. The process was what it was about, so I’m not really surprised that it’s pretty much an exploration of what I thought it would be.

Despite the very lengthy production, Linklater said that Growing Up would have a normal running time.

It’s one feature film. It’ll be a little longer, like over two hours, but it’s not five hours or eight hours. It’s feature length.

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