Richard Linklater Making Sequel To Classic Film ‘The Last Detail’ With An All-Star Cast

Jack Nicholson, The Last Detail
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Richard Linklater is making a sequel to the Jack Nicholson classic The Last Detail with an all-star cast.

The Dazed and Confused director is working on a follow-up to the 1973 drama-comedy, which also starred Randy Quaid and Otis Young. Based on Darryl Ponicsan’s novel of the same name, the film tells the story of two Navy signalmen who must escort a delinquent sailor from Virginia to New Hampshire for his imprisonment.

Now, over forty years since the original’s release, Linklater is reportedly adapting Ponicsan’s “sort-of” sequel Last Flag Flying, which was published in 2005, into a movie for Amazon Studios.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Linklater is in talks with Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne with regards to key roles in the new film, which will be set in recent times.

Last Flag reunites the reader with the trio, now living a post-9/11 American life: The former Naval petty officers come to the aid of their former prisoner, who needs their help to bring home the body of his son who was killed in Iraq,” reports the film industry website of the movie’s plot. “The request sends them back retracing their journey from Norfolk, Virginia, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.”

While Linklater first expressed interest in filming the second novel back in 2006, he knew it would have to be a slightly different adaptation from The Last Detail, as Young died in 2001. With the casting news, it seems the moviemaker has decided to scrap his idea of reuniting Nicholson and Quaid in favor of an entirely new cast.

Though a Hollywood veteran, Linklater drew major attention for his Oscar-nominated smash Boyhood in 2014. He then went on to helm Everybody Wants Some!!, which also received critical acclaim upon its release earlier this year (16).

Last Flag Flying is expected to begin shooting in November (16), though a release date is yet to be set.