Richard Linklater’s Next Coming-of-Age Movie is Set During the Moon Landing


Richard Linklater's Next Coming-of-Age Movie is Set During the Moon Landing

Richard Linklater’s next coming-of-age movie is set during the moon landing

Director Richard Linklater is best known for his brilliant writing and depiction of youth culture during a certain period of time. The mind behind such works as the Before TrilogyDazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!! and his 2014 passion project, Boyhood, has announced what his next film will focus on.

While speaking with The Houston Chronicle, Linklater revealed he will be shooting a coming-of-age story in Houston, Texas where it will be set in 1969 during the famed moon landing. It will focus on a young boy’s perspective of the events. He credited working on Boyhood for reinvigorating the excitement he felt during the summer of ’69 and the few weeks leading up to watching a man walk on the moon just before entering third grade:

“You had so much going on in Houston at once: NASA, the Medical Center, the Astrodome… There was a communal atmosphere. You had all these kids with parents working at NASA for a common goal.”

Linklater wants the film to be as authentic as possible, which is why he and his production team put out a call for any Houston residents with home videos or archival footage available from the 1960s to potentially be included in the yet-to-be-named project. The Houston Film Commission issued the following statement to assist Linklater in this endeavor:

“Director Richard Linklater needs your Houston area photos, videos from the 1960s for a new movie. Have a home movie from Astroworld or the Astrodome, or a recording of your little brother with Kitirik? Did someone you know use a Kinescope to record the moon landing? If so, we want to see it and anything else that documents that era. There is no wrong material, as long as it from Houston in the 1960s we want to see it.”

Linklater’s hoping to release the film in 2019 in order to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Are you interested in seeing a Linklater-directed flick on the moon landing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)