If you’re part of the Cult of Richard Linklater, you’ve likely already rejoiced at the recent casting news for his “spiritual sequel” to the ever-popular Dazed and Confused, entitled, That’s What I’m Talkin About.”
The sequel, dubbed “spiritual” in nature by the director himself, is not a strict follow-up to Linklater’s beloved Dazed, in that the characters are different, the plot structure is backwards, and the themes are altered.
However, Talkin, IS still loosely based on Linklater’s life, and is the next natural chapter in a young man’s life post-high school — college. The plot reportedly takes place over a weekend as college freshmen try-out for the baseball team and struggle to keep-up with their hard-partying teammates.
But what does that have to do with music sync? Well, Linklater is a notorious music fan whose film music has spawned countless memorable soundtracks including not one, but two soundtracks for Dazed and Confused.
Those albums contained cuts from some of the most important musical acts of the period including Foghat, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, Nazareth, Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Kiss, and Black Sabbath — and that’s just the first album!
That’s What I’m Talkin About is reportedly set in 1980, and we’re already anticipating an amazing coming-of-age soundtrack.
But wait, there’s more!! Fan’s of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure were probably jumping with joy over the weekend as it has apparently been announced that Bill & Ted 3’s script has at long last been completed.
The script was supposedly complete in March of last year according to Keanu Reeves (Ted), and according to NME, director Dean Parisot signed on that July.
Keanu’s co-star Alex Winter (Bill) recently reported to Yahoo! Movies that “It will take some time before the movie eventually hits cinemas [but] we’ve been working on drafts for the last couple of years. The script’s been finished for a while, but comedy is so specific…we’re just working and reworking the script.
NME also reports that Winter noted “The movie ‘will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up. It’s really sweet and really f****** funny.”
Excellent Adventure, contained under-the-radar angst teen punk-metal, it’ll be interesting to see what more mature—er—older Bill and Ted are characterized by.