Richard Linklater’s Sequel Idea for Boyhood Is Brilliant

Posted: August 5, 2014 in Movies

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, writer Simon Crook asks Richard Linklater if he had any idea of following through on the life of Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane) in Boyhood.

(The film was made over a period of 12 years. Edited together Mason/Coltrane literally grows up as the story progresses. Coltrane’s on-screen dad is played by Ethan Hawke, a Linklater regular.)

Linklater’s response is brilliant in the way it includes his past cinematic universe:

“Well, he gonna be in his freshman year of college now, so I know what Mason’s life will be for the next few years. But after that?. . .You know, I was just thinking: Wouldn’t it be great if Mason left college, got on a train and met this girl in Europe. . .”

That adventure would become the movie Before Sunrise (1995), which starred Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. That great romance produced a sequel 9 years later, Before Sunset (2004) and a concluding film, also made 9 years later, Before Midnight (2013). Proof positive that the best sequel a great director can make are the films he has already made.

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