Having been filmed over the course of twelve years, Richard Linklater‘s drama Boyhood tells the story of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as his life is documented from early childhood to his departure for college. With the movie picking up a couple of wins at this year’s awards season like the BAFTAs and Golden Globes, as well as an Oscar Award for co-star Patricia Arquette, this 12 year labor of loves looked nicely wrapped up until Linklater discussed a sequel.
Speaking to Jeff Goldsmith in a recent interview, Linklater had this to say about any possible sequel; “For the first six months of the year, my answer to that was absolutely not. This was twelve years, it was first grade through 12th grade; it was about getting out of high school. I had no idea about another story, there’s nothing to say. It hadn’t crossed my mind”. The director continued; “But I don’t know if it’s been a combination of finally feeling that this is over or being asked a similar question a bunch over the last year, that I thought, well, I wake up in the morning thinking, ‘the 20’s are pretty formative, you know?'”.
Linklater went on to admit that indeed a sequel of personal discovery for Mason after college is something that has crossed his mind. Still, it all comes down to whether he wants to revisit this idea of exploring life in your early 20’s, as it’s something that he’s worked with before; “I’ve dealt with this before, I have, in my movies, touched on people in their 20’s. So to what degree I’ll be going over certain territories again – I dunno, It’s impossible to say what may or may not come of it… I would love to keep working with this cast and I think we all would”.
The esteemed film maker did admit that just wanting to work with the original cast again wasn’t necessarily a good enough reason to create a sequel; “but that can’t be the primary reason to do it. You always need something to say. You can’t do it just because you want to work with your friends, you gotta have something really inside you you’re trying to communicate about those years. It might happen, but I dunno, it’s in the ether in the moment”.
It would be really interesting to see if Linklater goes on to make a sequel because this kind of film-making is just fascinating and it would be really interesting to hear what young Coltrane has to say on the matter! We’ll wait with bated breath for more information!
Source: Games Radar