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The Riddle of Richard Linklater: New Film is a Sequel to Both “Dazed and Confused” and “Boyhood”

There’s two things Richard Linklater does really well: one is making amazing films, the second is his delightful brainteasers. Let’s face it, there’s nothing straightforward or even remotely linear about Linklater’s style of writing or directing and that’s never been a bad thing. But his latest puzzle takes the cake, as he explained how his next project Now That’s What I’m Talking About will be a sequel of sorts to both Dazed and Confused and Boyhood.

The coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused is arguably one of Linklater’s most popular films and remains both a cult favourite and a quintessential high-school movie. On the other hand Boyhood is quickly becoming known as the director’s master-work, spanning twelve years and touching on the notions of memory and maturing in a way no other film has before. So how can Linklater’s next project be a sequel to both?

Rory Cochrane, Jason London and Sasha Jenson in "Dazed and Confused"
Rory Cochrane, Jason London and Sasha Jenson in “Dazed and Confused”.

Well, it is and it isn’t. While the film will follow a smaller character from Dazed and Confused, the story will begin where Boyhood left off, with the character leaving for college. Here’s how Linklater himself explains it to Creative Screenwriting:

        You’ve said in the past that your next film, That’s What I’m Talking           About, is a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused. Do you realize           that because so many people love that movie that you’re playing                 with fire?

        Well, I think the word “spiritual” gets me off the hook. I just shot it                 and wrapped it recently, and it has nothing to do with Dazed and                   Confused other than it would be set four years later, when one of the            younger characters went off to college. It’s a party film. It’s really                    about the beginning of school, not the end of the school year. I guess            personally or autobiographically it’s kind of in that realm, but it’s also          a continuation of Boyhood, believe it or not. I don’t know if one film              can be a sequel to two different movies, but it begins right where                    Boyhood ends with a guy showing up at college and meeting his new            roommates and a girl. It overlaps with the end of Boyhood.

That’s What I’m Talking About will star a bunch of hopeful newbies, including Tyler Hoechlin,Zoey Detuch, Ryan Guzman, Blake Jenner, Will Brittain, and Wyatt Russell. We can expect it some time next year of all goes well, and it will be interesting to see how Linklater follows up both of his most celebrated pieces of work.