Everybody wants some of Richard Linklater’s next movie. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne are in talks to join “Last Flag Flying,” a spiritual successor to 1973’s “The Last Detail” directed by Hal Ashby. Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid and Otis Young starred in the moving adaptation of Darryl Ponsican’s novel of the same name, about two members of the Navy showing a third a good time while escorting him to prison for petty crime. Ponsican published “Last Flag Flying” in 2005.
Linklater’s interest in the project began shortly after, and he originally wanted to reunite Nicholson and Quaid (both of whom scored Oscar nominations); Young passed away in 2001, so Morgan Freeman was eyed to take his place. “Last Flag Flying” catches up with the main trio later in life, as the Quaid character (presumably Carell in this version) requests his old friends’ help bringing home the body of his son, who died in the Iraq War.
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Linklater is no stranger to semi-sequels, as this summer’s “Everybody Wants Some!!” was viewed as a companion piece to his “Dazed and Confused” and 1995’s “Before Sunrise” has spawned two further films. He’ll partner with Amazon Studios on “Last Flag Flying,” which is tentatively scheduled to begin filming in November.