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Last Flag Flying | Sequel to The Last Detail | Richard Linklater | Cranston, Carell, Fishburne | November 3, 2017

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Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne are in talks to star in Richard Linklater's next movie, Last Flag Flying.


The project is Linklater’s long-in-the-works "sort of" sequel to the classic 1970s dramatic comedy The Last Detail that starred Jack Nicholson.


Last Flag was Darryl Ponsican’s sequel -- published in 2005 -- to his own 1970 landmark novel. It was made into the 1973 comedy-drama that was directed by Hal Ashby and starred Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid and Otis Young. The Last Detail was nominated for three Oscars and Nicholson won a BAFTA for his work.


Linklater first spoke about his interest in adapting Darryl Ponicsan's book into a film back in 2006 and was at the time hoping to reunite Nicholson and Randy Quaid, with Morgan Freeman taking on the part played by Otis Young, who had passed away in 2001.


Now it looks like Linklater is finally hoisting it up the flagpole, with sources telling The Hollywood Reporter Amazon Studios has landed the project. It'll be Linklater's first project with the streaming giant, which recently released Woody Allen's Cafe Society and Nicholas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon.


The original story centered on two Navy men (Nicholson, Young) who are ordered to bring a young offender (Quaid) to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way. Last Flag reunites the reader with the trio, now living in a  post-9/11 American life: the former Naval Petty Officers come to the aid of their former prisoner who needs their help to bring home the body of his son, the latter who was killed in Iraq. The request that sends them back retracing their journey from Norfolk, Virginia, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


A November start is being eyed.




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Premiering at the NY Film Festival on September 28. It releases in theaters on November 17th. Also @God Emperor Tele @CJohn or @baumer could one of y'all move this to the main forum?

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Linklater's movies with their gradual accumulation of nuances really aren't made for trailers. Looks promising, I'll trust that the actual movie is better.


Still taken aback by how young the actors look. Cranston at 60 is in the role Nicholson played at 36, so it shouldn't be that jarring considering the movies take place three decades apart, except Cranston could still easily pass for mid-40s. Carell is even weirder even though he's 32 years older than Randy Quaid was in the original. I'm continually shocked by how old he actually is.

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