Richard Linklater will film a Merrily We Roll Along musical in real time for the next 20 years

boyhood director Richard Linklater makes an adaptation of the classical musical Stephen Sondheim Fortunately we roll with it, which is played by Ben Platt, Blake Jenner and Beanie Feldstein. But in the classical way of Linklater, he will film the entire musical in real time in the course of the next 20 years, through The Hollywood Reporter.

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Fortunately we roll with it is a musical that depicts the lives of three friends: Franklin Shepard, a composer from Broadway; Charley Kringas, a copywriter who collaborates with Frank; and Mary Flynn, a writer and critic. The show follows the life and friendships of the trio for 20 years in reverse chronological order. It starts with three old, bitter and alienated characters, and then jumps back scene by scene to how they got to that point until it starts with their friendship. For the film, Platt Kringas plays, Jenner Shepard plays and Feldstein plays Mary Flynn.

Linklater's film adaptation follows the same story, but it is filmed in reverse – that is, in regular chronological order. Poster reports that the first part of the film (i.e. the last scenes) has already been filmed, with subsequent chunks that will be filmed over the next two decades.

Linklater is of course no stranger to long productions. boyhood, his acclaimed film from 2014, was shot in the course of 12 years, in which the actual aging of the actors was recorded in real time. Fortunately we roll with it seems to be an even more ambitious production (not to mention the fact that it will also be a full musical).

The original theater production of Fortunately we roll with it debuted in 1981 and ran for only 16 versions. But in the following years it has seen various revivals and productions around the world, including an off-Broadway production by the Roundabout Theater Company in New York City earlier this year.

If all goes well, Fortunately we roll with it should come to the cinema somewhere around 2040, assuming the earth still exists.

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