How do you follow up the most ambitious film of your career? If you’re “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater, you head back to basics with a comedy built from the very roots of one of your earliest successes. “Everybody Wants Some” has been touted as a spiritual sequel to the director’s breakout “Dazed and Confused,” and where that film explored coming-of-age troubles in a 1970s high school, his latest tackles similar subject matter in a 1980s college.
Paramount has long planned to open the film nationwide on April 15, but the company is going back on its original plans to give the comedy a more traditional indie release strategy. Paramount will now open “Everybody Wants Some” in limited release on April 1, two weeks earlier than expected, before giving it nationwide expansions on April 8 and April 15.
The move is probably for the best considering opening nationwide on April 15 would force “Everybody Wants Some” to go up again Disney’s live-action “The Jungle Book” and MGM/New Line’s “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” both of which have built-in fanbases and are sure to lure moviegoers. With a more traditional indie release, “Everybody Wants Some” will look to ride good reviews and positive word of mouth from its limited debut into its nationwide rollouts.
Formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About,” Linklater’s latest focuses on a group of college baseball players as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Blake Jenner stars as the new ballplayer on campus. The ensemble cast includes Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Glen Powell and Wyatt Russell.
“Everybody Wants Some” will have its world premiere on the opening night of the SXSW Film Festival next month.