A “Boyhood” Sequel Could Happen

It may have missed out on the Oscar, but Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” still remains one of the most talked about cinematic achievements of 2014. When out promoting the film, which was shot over twelve years in annual segments, Linklater said he wasn’t interested in making a sequel or continuing the story.

During an interview with The Q&A Podcast recently, the filmmaker may be coming around to the idea:

“To be honest… this film first met its audience exactly a year ago and for the first six months of the year, my answer to that was absolutely not. This was twelve years, it was first grade through 12th grade; it was about getting out of high school. I had no idea about another story, there’s nothing to say. It hadn’t crossed my mind.

But I don’t know if it’s been a combination of finally feeling that this is over or being asked a similar question a bunch over the last year, that I thought, well, I wake up in the morning thinking, ‘the 20s are pretty formative, you know?’ That’s where you really become who you’re going to be. It’s one thing to grow up and go to college, but it’s another thing to… So, I will admit my mind has drifted towards [this sequel idea].”

Were it to go ahead, the film would NOT be shot over another twelve-year period. He also was asked if he would like to work with this cast again:

“The twelve years [structure] came out of [school structure]. It wouldn’t have to be twelve years. It wouldn’t have to be… I mean, who knows. I mean, if I learned anything on the Before trilogy it took five years to realize that Jesse and Celine were still alive and had anything to say. This one would probably be more accelerated, but who knows.

I would love to keep working with this cast and I think we all would. But that can’t be the primary reason to do it. You always need something to say. You can’t do it just cause you want to work with your friends, you gotta have something really inside you you’re trying to communicate about those years. I might happen, but I dunno, it’s in the ether in the moment.”

Linklater’s next film, “That’s What I’m Talking About,” deals with a young man’s coming of age at college so it may scratch the particular itch Linklater feels over a “Boyhood” sequel.