Fresh off the success of “Everybody Wants Some!,” Richard Linklater is setting his sights on a new project. He is set to write and direct an adaptation of the novel “Last Flag Flying.” It’s still early, but Linklater already has an all-star cast lined up: Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne are in talks.
The film is to be based off of Darryl Ponicsan’s “Last Flag Flying,” which was published in 2005. The book is a sequel to his 1970 novel “The Last Detail.” That book was turned into a film starring Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid and Otis Young. “Last Flag Flying,” therefore, will be a pseudo-sequel to that film.
The synopsis for “Last Flag Flying” is as follows:
The result is “Last Flag Flying,” a story as tough and tender, sad and funny, as “The Last Detail.” The boy Billy and Mule escorted to prison has come back into their lives, now a grieving man of 52, with a gut-wrenching request they cannot deny. What follows is a retracing of their steps from 34 years before, a journey from Norfolk, Virginia to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on a mission as heart-breaking – and as exhilarating – as the first.
Per Variety, the film has been in the works since 2006. Amazon is currently eyeing the project.
Cranston is currently nominated for an Emmy for his performance as Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO’s “All the Way.” He has several projects in various stages of development, including “In Dubious Battle” and “The Untouchables.”
Carell was most recently seen in Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society.” He currently has the tennis film “Battle of the Sexes” coming down the pike.
Fishburne most recently appeared in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” He has “Passengers” with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt later this year.