Without Richard Linklater‘s slice of life film Slacker, the independent film boom of the 1990s might not have happened. Unlike almost anything American audiences had seen before, it inspired a generation of filmmakers to go out and make their own movies. Kevin Smith often credits seeing the film at the Angelika Film Center in New York as his inspiration to make Clerks, the film’s success gave Linklater the ability to make Dazed and Confused and so much more. First released in 1991, Slacker celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and the Austin Film Society and the Alamo Drafthouse are teaming up for a remake.
In typical Austin and Drafthouse style, though, isn’t a by the book remake. There aren’t any big special effects or A-list actors. Instead, 23 Austin filmmakers will reshoot scenes using the same dialogue and locations from the original film and string them together as a meta-homage. Read who the filmmakers are and more about it after the break. Read More »
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Could we see The Incredible Mr. Limpet filtered through Waking Life? Two years ago Warner Bros put a remake of the old Don Knotts live-action/animated film into motion. Enchanted director Kevin Lima was attached, and there was word that Zach Galifianakis was in talks to take the lead role.
But things stalled, Kevin Lima moved to other things, and Mr. Limpet seemed ready to float belly-up. But now Richard Linklater looks set to direct, which would make this his second overtly mainstream movie, after The Bad News Bears. Read More »
I’ll see your RoboCop rap and the Predator rap recaps and raise you the same approach applied to Richard Linklater‘s great film Dazed and Confused. Because where the RoboCop recap took ten minutes, this one is done in a delirious two. Read More »
It’s been a tough year for Richard Linklater. He came into the year with his film Me and Orson Welles finally open in US theaters, but then he had two films fail to get off the ground. That’s What I’m Talking About, the ‘spiritual sequel’ to Dazed & Confused, and the road-trip movie Liars A-E both fell apart.
Now he’s got another film written and ready to shoot. Bernie is based on an East Texas crime story and has roots in something the director wrote a decade ago. And now he’s got the unlikely duo of Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine set to appear in the film when it shoots in Texas this fall. Read More »
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing author and renown pop culture critic, Chuck Klosterman, for /Film on subjects ranging from whether or not Avatar will be the cinematic equivalent of Chinese Democracy to the abstract theory that our society is unconsciously working for Don Draper. I’ll be posting the results shortly, but for the time being, here is what Klosterman had to say regarding the film adaptations in development of his books Killing Yourself to Live and Fargo Rock City, the latter of which we reported on back in October. Interview excerpt after the jump…
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The prospect of Richard Linklater making a third film in the Before Sunrise/ Before Sunset series is terrifying to me. The first film was a perfect piece of twenty-something romance, and through some sort of miracle, Linklater was able to craft a superior second film that sees the characters ten years later in very different places in their lives. Could they really do it a third time? Our friend Frosty from Collider recently had a sit-down with Linklater for Me and Orson Welles, and popped that very question.
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Richard Linklater can barely catch a break this year. His film Me & Orson Welles finally found marginal distribution, and hasn’t been nabbing particularly good reviews. That’s What I’m Talking About, his ‘spiritual sequel’ to Dazed & Confused, couldn’t get off the ground earlier this year. And now Liars (A-E), the film he recently set up at Miramax, is dead, too. Linklater even says that School of Rock 2 isn’t going anywhere. Man, someone give this guy a break! Read More »
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Well, looks like we’re really not getting that ‘spiritual sequel’ to Dazed & Confused any time soon. Variety reports that Richard Linklater is close to finishing a deal to direct the film Liars (A-E) for Miramax, with Scott Rudin producing. Emma Forrest wrote the script, “about a woman who, on the way to President Obama’s inauguration, retrieves lost items from her ex-boyfriends.” Eeessh. No casting yet for the lead, but Kat Dennings is on board as the friend of the main character. Requiem for the indie film I would really have rather seen him make after the jump. Read More »