There are two ways to do something. The way Richard Linklater wants to do it and the way everyone else on the planet does it.
Richard Linklater announced his plans to beat his own record and make a movie over the course of twenty years. His fist attempt at this came with his film Boyhood, which was filmed over the course of 12 years. The movie got a lot of good reviews and was up for a lot of awards, as were the actors and Linklater himself. Patricia Arquette even won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. I personally found myself extremely bored and unimpressed during the entire last half of the movie. Once the main character grew up I thought his acting got worse and the story line he portrayed, I found boring. I thought it fitting that Arquette was the only actress who won anything because I thought she did the best.
Linklater’s new film, Merrily We Role Along, is a film adaptation of the 1934 Sondheim musical, Merrily. So far, many of Hollywood’s biggest and newest stars have agreed to participate in the movie and I can tell you, I’m excited. Filming the movie will take twenty years because the play’s story line covers that amount of time. It was announced that Booksmart actress Beanie Feldstein will be one of the stars, along with Broadway star Ben Platt and Glee star Brody Jenner. It may be a coincidence, but all three of these stars have worked with, or will work with, Ryan Murphy. Feldstein will work with Murphy in Impeachment: American Crime Story and Platt on The Politician.
I am super excited for this movie and am simultaneously really annoyed that I have to wait 20 years to see it. I don’t know if I’m still going to be a fan of these actors when I’m 44. Also, I cannot understand how these actors are able to commit to doing something 20 years into the future. If you ask me what I’m doing next week I would not be able to tell you. Agreeing to a project that requires this big a commitment, really is a commitment. I guess the promise of job security for that significant amount of time is quite the incentive to say yes though. In Hollywood, where there is no job security, this job would be a dream.
Anyways, if I’m still writing this blog in 20 years, check back in to see what I have to say. I’m really hoping this movie is better than Boyhood because I was thoroughly unimpressed with that one. Totally not worth the hype.