Director Richard Linklater's Boyhood has been getting high praise ever since its initial release back in July, and it remains a top Oscar contender as awards season starts to heat up heading into the new year. Next up for the filmmaker is That's What I'm Talking About, which recently wrapped shooting, and has been described as a "spiritual sequel" to his 1993 hit Dazed and Confused, but, as it turns out, the film is also connected to Boyhood as well.
We first reported on the project back in 2009, when the director mentioned that the story would be set during the 1980s, following four college freshmen adjusting to life on campus while trying to make the baseball team. During an interview with Creative Screenwriting, Richard Linklater revealed how That's What I'm Talking About is 'a continuation of Boyhood.'
"Well, I think the word "spiritual" gets me off the hook. I just shot it and wrapped it recently, and it has nothing to do with Dazed and Confused other than it would be set four years later, when one of the younger characters went off to college. It's a party film. It's really about the beginning of school, not the end of the school year. I guess personally or autobiographically it's kind of in that realm, but it's also a continuation of Boyhood, believe it or not. I don't know if one film can be a sequel to two different movies, but it begins right where Boyhood ends with a guy showing up at college and meeting his new roommates and a girl. It overlaps with the end of Boyhood."
Naturally, That's What I'm Talking About won't feature the same characters as Boyhood, but there is a connection since That's What I'm Talking About starts just as college begins for four freshmen, which is just where Boyhood left off. Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, and Zoey Deutch star in That's What I'm Talking About, which is eyeing a fall 2015 premiere, possibly at the Toronto International Film Festival. Are you excited to see what Richard Linklater can do with That's What I'm Talking About? Chime in with your thoughts below.