Linklater Finally Shooting His Dazed and Confused Follow-Up?
by Alex Billington
March 27, 2009
Is it time to go all the way back to 1976 again? Nope, just 1980. Way back in March of 2007, we wrote about news that Richard Linklater was working on a follow-up to his cult classic Dazed and Confused about his "freshmen year in college." Well, nearly two years later, it looks like he's finally getting around to shooting it. Linklater attended a recent screening of Dazed and Confused in Austin and talked afterward at the Q&A (via CHUD) about his next project, a "sort of spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused. No time for the return of School of Rock, it's Dazed and Confused that will be making its spiritual comeback.
Linklater said that he will be shooting around Austin this upcoming summer, and that it will be about the first weekend of college in 1980. "So while thematically it'll bookend Dazed, it won't have any of the same characters." Linklater explained this same idea back in 2007 as well. "I mean, if I was to do a general pitch it would be 'Dazed and Confused goes to college.' But it's not that, but it's kind of that. It's about spending your freshmen year in college." That's all we've got at the moment, which means if all goes as planned, this will be Linklater's next film. After Me and Orson Welles, it'll be good to see him go back to his roots.