Ethan Hawke Says Linklater's '12 Year Project' Will Be Out in 2 Years
It's the return of Richard Linklater. With cult comedy fave Bernie last year, and Before Midnight this year, Austin, Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater is making quite a comeback again and it's great to have him back. While I must continue to recommend Before Midnight as much as possible, there's another project that Linklater has been working on for a very long time that may finally see the light of day soon. It has gone by many names, but most commonly The 12 Year Project or Boyhood or Growing Up. Essentially he's been filming shorts for the last 11 years following the growth of a boy from ages 6 to 18, and it's almost done.
Similar to the Up documentary series from Michael Apted about a group of people growing up, Linklater's 12 Year Project has been filming every so often with the same cast, to capture the many years of boyhood of this very same kid. The boy is being played by Ellar Salmon, with Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as his parents. Filming began back in the summer of 2002 and many have been following its progress in hopes of it one day being finished and release. That day may not be so far away. Hawke recently participated in a Reddit AMA (found via The Playlist) and mentioned this when he was asked about making Boyhood:
First up, I guess I should tell people what BOYHOOD is. It's a project also known as THE TWELVE YEAR PROJECT; Richard Linklater and I have made a short film every year for the last 11 years, one more to go, that follows the development of a young boy from age 6 to 18. I play the father, and it's Tolstoy-esque in scope. I thought the BEFORE series was the most unique thing I would ever be a part of, but Rick has engaged me in something even more strange. Doing a scene with a young boy at the age of 7 when he talks about why do raccoons die, and at the age of 12 when he talks about video games, and 17 when he asks me about girls, and have it be the same actor - to watch his voice and body morph - it's a little bit like timelapse photography of a human being. I can't wait for people to see it.
Next year, he will graduate high school and we will finish the film. It will probably come out in 2 years.
Let's hope that's the case. So, plan for maybe Sundance 2015? We can only hope. Don't forget that he says "probably" but at least it's something. Everything about this project sounds fantastic, and I'm particularly anxious to see it especially after Before Midnight. He even drops that Before Midnight comparison, but says "I thought the BEFORE series was the most unique thing I would ever be a part of, but Rick has engaged me in something even more strange." Though his use of the word "strange" concerns me a bit, but I hope that means everything will turn out spectacular in the end once it's all cut together. We'll definitely keep an eye out for any & all updates on Linklater's projects, especially this one. In the meantime, see Before Midnight.