Richard Linklater Has a Pretty Brilliant Idea for a Sequel to 'Boyhood'

August 4, 2014
Source: Empire


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!

Here's what Linklater told Empire magazine's Simon Crook (via SlashFilm) about his idea for a sequel:

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?

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments


My mind just exploded.

Aj Meadows on Aug 4, 2014


Ha! That's great.

NathanDewey on Aug 4, 2014


if it ain't broke don't fix it. good idea

digifruitella on Aug 4, 2014


That's exactly the idea that I had when I noticed that the adult Ellar Coltrane looks quite a lot like Ethan Hawke twenty years ago. Does that mean I'm a genius as well...?

Thiver on Aug 4, 2014


Lynch-style mind-fuck.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Aug 4, 2014


Bring it. Hahaha...clever girl.

DAVIDPD on Aug 4, 2014


Well that's awesome lol. Btw everybody needs to see this right now! 3 hour epic movie.

SkyNet300 on Aug 6, 2014


I love it.

Joe Mohammadali on Aug 17, 2014

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