In what might be the weirdest movie news of the day, The Hollywood Reporter claims that Richard Linklater’s next film will be a sequel to the 1970s Hal Ashby film The Last Detail. Kind of.
It goes like this. The Last Detail, which starred Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid, was based on a book by Darryl Ponsican. In 2005 Ponsican published a sequel, Last Flag Flying. Linklater’s adapting that. So you don’t really have to think of it as a sequel if you don’t want. But you will.
The film might even have a cast already in the form of Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne, all of whom are currently in talks. Here is a plot synopsis of the book from Amazon (where you can buy it for almost $500):
Darryl Ponicsan never imagined that his first novel, "The Last Detail", called by one critic "...the first underground triumph of the 70s..." would be a continuing story. With the invasion of Iraq, however, the same elements that inspired the original - injustice, a senseless war, men of honor and duty caught in untenable positions - compelled him to revisit Billy Bad-Ass, Mule, and the hapless Meadows, and to see how his characters were faring in post-9/11 American life. 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.
This is an interesting project indeed. Let us know how mad it makes you in the comments!