Richard Linklater Has a Pretty Brilliant Idea for a Sequel to 'Boyhood'
If Richard Linklater's latest film Boyhood is playing at a theater near you, don't wait any longer to see this touching, coming-of-age masterpiece. It's a brilliant portrayal of adolescence into the beginning of adulthood, marking a grand achievement in storytelling as it uses the same stars, including aging child actor Ellar Coltrane as Mason, over 12 years of shooting. Some have compared it to the narrative version of Michael Apted's Up documentary series as he revisits the same people very seven years. And that's prompted one reporter to ask Linklater if there's any potential for a sequel to follow the next stage of life for. At first, Linklater seemed daunted by the prospect of a sequel, but then he had a brilliant idea. Read on!
I asked Richard Linklater about a Boyhood sequel. His answer was fantastic. pic.twitter.com/YV1OfgPBam
— Simon Crook (@sicrook) August 2, 2014
That's right, on the spot, Linklater came up with the idea that Mason becomes Ethan Hawke's character from Before Sunrise, which as we all know expanded to Before Sunset and Before Midnight. It seems wholly appropriate since Hawke is Mason's father in Boyhood, and it's such a lovely way to tie Linklater's crowning achievements together. Obviously, Before Sunrise could only be the thematic sequel to Boyhood, but that's seriously one hell of an idea to come up with on the spot like that. Frankly, we're glad that Linklater doesn't plan on continuing Mason's story, if only because we'd have to wait 12 more years. Cool?