It’s hard to keep track of the ream of projects the Oscar-snubbed Linklater is courting on a given day. For one, he’s executive-producing a TV sitcom restart of his 2003 “School of Rock” slated for Nickelodeon later this year.
Also, the Independent Spirit Winner — a no-show at the ceremony, where Ethan Hawke accepted the prize — is wrapping “That’s What I’m Talking About,” a sort of “Dazed and Confused” sequel about the lives of baseball players on and off the field. And he’s thinking seriously about a “Boyhood” sequel, albeit not one that would take place across 12 years.
The Hollywood Reporter now says that Linklater is circling “Where’d You Go Bernadette” for Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures. Based on Maria Semple’s 2012 bestseller that unfolds via epistolary missives — emails, letters, legal documents, psychiatric visits and more — the book follows the story of an agoraphobic architect who mysteriously disappears before a family trip to Antarctica. It’s narrated by her teenage daughter.
“Everyone in this sparkling novel is wily, smart or even smarter,” wrote Janet Maslin in the NYT back when the book was first published.
Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson will produce alongside Ellison, with Color Force’s Bryan Unkeless executive producing.