It looks like Paramount is continuing its long-running relationship with Richard Linklater. The filmmaker directed the surprise hit “School Of Rock” and remade “Bad News Bears” for the studio, which has also stepped in to handle home video distribution for Linklater’s Oscar contending, critics favorite “Boyhood.” And the fruitful relationship between the studio and director will continue with his next movie.
Cinephile fave Megan Ellison, who produced this year’s hugely acclaimed “Foxcatcher,” will produce Linklater’s “That’s What I’m Talking About” via her Annapurna Pictures, with Paramount taking North American distribution rights. The film features a batch of new and rising actors —Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain, and Glen Powell— in this “spiritual sequel” to “Dazed & Confused,” regarding a college freshman who rolls with some colorful baseball players in the 1980s. It’s set in the world of sports, but knowing Linklater, it will likely be more about the experience of stepping into adulthood, among other things.
Production on the comedy will begin soon, so carve out a space on the 2015 calendar for the movie. [Deadline]