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New project: after his nominated film Best Picture Boyhood took no less than 12 years to film, director Richard Linklater has prepared a new film that will take even longer to shoot

Director Richard Linklater announces plans to film Merrily We Roll Along musical for more than 20 WHOLE YEARS

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After his nominated film Best Picture Boyhood took no less than 12 years to film, director Richard Linklater has prepared a new film that will take even longer to shoot.

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Linklater, 59, has signed to lead an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim & # 39; s Broadway musical Merrily We Roll Along 1981, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will be shot over an enormous 20-year period, with the filming on the first segment of the production already packed.

New project: after his nominated film Best Picture Boyhood took no less than 12 years to film, director Richard Linklater has prepared a new film that will take even longer to shoot

New project: after his nominated film Best Picture Boyhood took no less than 12 years to film, director Richard Linklater has prepared a new film that will take even longer to shoot

The musical follows Franklin Shepard, a Broadway composer who abandons his friends and family to become a Hollywood film producer.

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The story starts at the height of his Hollywood fame and goes back in time and tells stories about his life.

Blake Jenner plays Franklin, while Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) plays Shepard & # 39; s friend, a theater critic named Mary Flynn.

Ben Platt also takes part in the cast, but no details about his character have been disclosed at this time.

& # 39; I saw and fell in love with Merrily in the & # 39; 80, and I can't think of a better place to spend the next 20 years than in the world of a musical in Sondheim, & # 39; said Linklater.

Musical: the musical follows Franklin Shepard, a Broadway composer who leaves his friends and family to become a Hollywood film producer

Musical: the musical follows Franklin Shepard, a Broadway composer who leaves his friends and family to become a Hollywood film producer

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Musical: the musical follows Franklin Shepard, a Broadway composer who leaves his friends and family to become a Hollywood film producer

New cast member: Blake Jenner plays Franklin, while Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) plays Shepard & # 39; s friend, a theater critic named Mary Flynn

New cast member: Blake Jenner plays Franklin, while Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) plays Shepard & # 39; s friend, a theater critic named Mary Flynn

New cast member: Blake Jenner plays Franklin, while Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) plays Shepard & # 39; s friend, a theater critic named Mary Flynn

& # 39; I'm not going lightly in this multi-year experience, but it seems to be the best, maybe the only way to do this story on film, & # 39; Linklater added.

Jason Blum from Blumhouse will produce alongside Linklater and Ginger Sledge.

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Linklater & # 39; s new movie, Where & # 39; d You Go, Bernadette, played in the cinema on August 16, starring Cate Blanchett.

Linklater is also committed to make a biopic about scammer John Brinkley and another biopic about iconic comedian Bill Hicks.

New movie: Linklater & # 39; s new movie, Where & # 39; d You Go, Bernadette, played in the cinema on August 16, starring Cate Blanchett

New movie: Linklater & # 39; s new movie, Where & # 39; d You Go, Bernadette, played in the cinema on August 16, starring Cate Blanchett

New movie: Linklater & # 39; s new movie, Where & # 39; d You Go, Bernadette, played in the cinema on August 16, starring Cate Blanchett

Feldstein comes out of her acclaimed role in Olivia Wilde & # 39; s directorial debut Booksmart and she plays Monica Lewinsky in the new season of American Crime Story.

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Platt, best known for his Broadway hit Lieve Evan Hansen, plays the lead role in the new series The Politician by Ryan Murphy.

Jenner plays the lead role in the Netflix series What / If, which debuted on the streaming service at the end of May.

Coming soon: Linklater has also been added to make a biopic about scammer John Brinkley and another biopic about iconic comedian Bill Hicks

Coming soon: Linklater has also been added to make a biopic about scammer John Brinkley and another biopic about iconic comedian Bill Hicks

Coming soon: Linklater has also been added to make a biopic about scammer John Brinkley and another biopic about iconic comedian Bill Hicks

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