Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances Watch: Tom Hardy Does Double Duty In Trailer For Gangster Drama 'Legend' Watch: Tom Hardy Does Double Duty In Trailer For Gangster Drama 'Legend' The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man' Is "Definitely A Sony Picture," Talks Role Of 'Ant-Man' In Phase 3, More Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man' Is "Definitely A Sony Picture," Talks Role Of 'Ant-Man' In Phase 3, More The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Ethan Hawke Says Richard Linklater's Secret, Long Developing 'Boyhood' Will Be Released In 2 Years

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 6, 2013 at 1:27PM

There's ambitious, there's ballsy, and then there's Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" (previously known as "Growing Up"). In case you're playing catchup, Linklater's project -- which he has been working on for over a decade -- stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as parents raising a young boy, played by Ellar Salmon, in a drama that will chronicle the life of the child from age of six through to the twelfth grade. The clever part is that Linklater has quietly been shooting parts of the movie every year since 2002, allowing his lead (and the characters around) age and mature with a realism we can't imagine has been captured on camera before (at least outside of Michael Apted's "7 Up" series). Aside from that, not much else is known about the movie but it looks like we may be seeing it very soon.
4
Ethan Hawke

There's ambitious, there's ballsy, and then there's Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" (previously known as "Growing Up"). In case you're playing catchup, Linklater's project -- which he has been working on for over a decade -- stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as parents raising a young boy, played by Ellar Salmon, in a drama that will chronicle the life of the child from age of six through to the twelfth grade. The clever part is that Linklater has quietly been shooting parts of the movie every year since 2002, allowing his lead (and the characters around) age and mature with a realism we can't imagine has been captured on camera before (at least outside of Michael Apted's "7 Up" series). Aside from that, not much else is known about the movie but it looks like we may be seeing it very soon.

Hawke recently took part in a Reddit AMA and when asked about the status of this film, he shared his experience making, and more crucially, revealed that it's actually nearing the finish line. Here's his full answer:

First up, I guess I should tell people what BOYHOOD is. It's a project also known as THE TWELVE YEAR PROJECT; Richard Linklater and I have made a short film every year for the last 11 years, one more to go, that follows the development of a young boy from age 6 to 18. I play the father, and it's Tolstoy-esque in scope. I thought the BEFORE series was the most unique thing I would ever be a part of, but Rick has engaged me in something even more strange. Doing a scene with a young boy at the age of 7 when he talks about why do raccoons die, and at the age of 12 when he talks about video games, and 17 when he asks me about girls, and have it be the same actor - to watch his voice and body morph - it's a little bit like timelapse photography of a human being. I can't wait for people to see it.

Next year, he will graduate high school and we will finish the film. It will probably come out in 2 years.

It's interesting to note that it's "a short film every year," perhaps suggesting a chaptered structure to the film, which would make a lot of sense. And if you think this will be epic, it likely will be, with Linklater saying previously the film will be "two and a half hours long, minimum." Damn. Moreover, it looks like he has already been editing as he's been going along. "I’ve seen the first cut of the first seven years," Hawke said in 2010. "And it’s definitely one of the most interesting things I have ever been a part of, no doubt...About 20 minutes, your eyes just start tearing up and you don’t even know why. It’s about the nature of time and how it’s crashing into us all." 

We'll eagerly await to see what becomes of "Boyhood," which sounds like yet another left turn from the always unpredictable Linklater. But for now, you can go see "Before Midnight" in theaters, the capper (for now) to his other decades-spanning narrative work.


This article is related to: Boyhood, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates