Today in Richard Linklater news: Leaving 'Limpet' for 'Dazed and Confused' sequel, plus 'School of Rock' series
Team film are big fans of Richard Linklater's latest, Boyhood, and while the film is showing pretty remarkable box office staying power, we can't help but wonder: What's next? The rumor was that the Texas auteur would be moving on to a redo of the 1964 live-action/animated feature The Incredible Mr. Limpet. (The original starred Don Knotts as—we kid you not—a talking fish.) But word comes now from the Hollywood Reporter that Linklater is exiting that project and moving on to something even more exciting, namely a sorta-sequel to his great teenage hangout movie Dazed and Confused (1993). Tentatively titled That's What I'm Talking About, the film transposes Dazed's day-in-the-life structure from a '70s high school to an '80s college. It's purportedly based on Linklater's own experiences, and we for one can't wait to see what he comes up with. (Maybe there's even a place for Boyhood's talented star Ellar Coltrane.) And if that weren't enough on the Linklater front, word has also come down that cable network Nickelodeon has ordered a 13-episode series based on the director's 2001 hit School of Rock. Casting hasn't been announced yet, though we doubt star Jack Black (who was also in R.L.'s 2011 black comedy, Bernie) will be returning to teach a new gaggle of kids about the best in rock-'n'-roll. Still, Linklater is executive producing the series, so hopefully its infectious spirit can live on in the transition from big-screen to small.
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