Director Richard Linklater confirms production on the film adaptation of Merrily We Roll Along is on schedule for 20 years.
Director Richard Linklater confirms that production on We ride happily adheres to the 20-year timeline. Backed by Blumhouse Productions, the film is an adaptation of the 1981 coming-of-age musical by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth. In turn, the musical was based on a play of the same name, created by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart, depicting the life of a successful playwright in reverse order from 1934 to 1916. Starring Beanie Feldstein in the role starring Mary Flynn, Ben Platt as Charley Kringas and Blake Jenner as Franklin Shepard, the film (like Sondheim’s musical) will instead focus on the lives of three friends in reverse order, showing how the age and ambition have affected their personalities and their relationships.
Now, in an interview with The daily beastLinklater confirms that working on We ride happily continues as planned. “it’s going great“, he assured, reiterating his intention to film over a period of 20 years. Although he admitted that the “the future is uncertain“Linklater added that the project was a”fun challenge” and one “wonderful experience” which was already underway.
Known for the Oscar-winning film, Childhood, which he shot over a 12-year span, Linklater is no stranger to dedicated, long-term production schedules. film for We ride happily should resume every two years in order to authentically reflect the ages of the characters, thus solving a common practical problem facing the musical. Each segment of the picture would be structured into a short film, with production on the first act already complete. Jason Blum, Ginger Sledge and Jonathan Marc, who are joining Linklater as producers, are also committed to the long-term project.
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Source: The daily beast
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