Richard Linklater Confirms 'Merrily' Movie with 20-Year Shoot

Carla Harmon
September 1, 2019

At the center of the story is a Broadway composer named Franklin Shepard, who abandons his career in NY, as well as all of his friends, in order to go produce movies in Hollywood.

Director Richard Linklater broke ground with his 2014 coming-of-age film "Boyhood", which unfolded across 12 years, filming every year, and went on to be nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. THR notes principal photography has already been completed for the first segment of the film.

There are plans to adapt the Stephen Sondheim musical "Merrily We Roll Along" to film, and pieces seem to be falling into place nicely. Over 20 years, they grow bitter and wreck their friendships and personal lives.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is Merrily We Roll Along, and it's based on the 1934 play of the same name. The musical begins at the height of Franklin's fame and moves backward in time, showing snapshots of his life up through the first night the idealistic three friends at the story's core first meet on a New York City rooftop.

"Boyhood" director Richard Linklater will direct a multi-year movie with stars Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein, according to Collider.

Linklater's longtime collaborator Ginger Sledge is producing the ambitious project, and sources say that Jason Blum and his Blumhouse banner are also involved.

"Booksmart's" Beanie Feldstein will play Frank's best friend, theatre critic Mary Flynn, Ben Platt will also star.

Obviously we'll have to wait for quite some time before Merrily We Roll Along hits theaters, but we'll be looking forward to updates about the movie in the mean time as the cast and crew continue to work on it over the years!

His latest, the adaptation of the best-selling novel "Where'd You Go Bernadette", stars Oscar victor Cate Blanchett and is now playing in theaters.

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