Richard Linklater runs the gamut when it comes to filmmaking. He has done animation with the film A Scanner Darkly, romance with Before Sunrise/Sunset and even mainstream comedies with Bad News Bears and School of Rock.
So it comes as no surprised that Linklater has been working on a film for the past 9 years that very few people know about. Or does it? The film in question's working title is Boyhood. Linklater began it in 2002. It follows the child of a divorced couple.
He shot small segments of the boy's life every summer for the past 9 years and plans to continue filming for 3 more years, from first grade to the start of college. The film is not a documentary though. It will feature actors, but is based on the real life of this boy.
Ethan Hawk and Patricia Arquette will play the parents while newcomer Ellar Salmon will play the central character. Linklater still has three more years to capture footage, but soon after, the film will be ready for release.
Considering such a film is unprecedented, it will be interesting to see what it holds. Meanwhile, the prodigious director continues to make other films, such as Bernie and potentially a sequel to Dazed and Confused.