Legendary director Richard Linklater, who made the 12-year-spanning film Boyhood, has decided on his next years-long project.
Linklater will charge an adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along that will be filmed over the course of the next 20 years. Leading the cast are longtime best friends Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein, plus Linklater-regular Blake Jenner.
The cast shared excited messages about the project, especially Platt and Feldstein, who have known each other since high school. Fans can't wait to see the film, but some were concerned about what could happen in the next 20 years.
This will be the second Linklater film to take place over the course of many years.
The Oscar-winning Boyhood watched a family grow up and focused on the important and seemingly meaningless moments of a young boy's life over 12 years.
Merrily We Roll Along begins at the height of a Hollywood producer's fame and goes backwards in time touching on those important moments.
In a statement, Linklater said, "I first saw and fell in love with Merrily in the ‘80s, and I can’t think of a better place to spend the next 20 years than in the world of a Sondheim musical. I don’t enter this multiyear experience lightly, but it seems the best, perhaps the only way, to do this story justice on film."