Richard Linklater, whose movie Boyhood is likely to win the Oscar for Best Picture in February, has announced innovative plans for his new film. His forthcoming movie That's What I'm Talking About is a "spiritual sequel" to his classic 1999 teen comedy Dazed and Confused, but will also incorporate themes from his latest work.


Speaking with Creative Screenwriting, Linklater elaborated, saying, "I just shot it and wrapped it recently, and it has nothing to do with Dazed and Confused other than it would be set four years later, when one of the younger characters went off to college."

"It's a party film," he added, "It's really about the beginning of school, not the end of the school year. I guess personally or autobiographically it's kind of in that realm, but it's also a continuation of Boyhood, believe it or not. I don't know if one film can be a sequel to two different movies, but it begins right where Boyhood ends with a guy showing up at college and meeting his new roommates and a girl. It overlaps with the end of Boyhood."

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Deadline reports that the movie takes place in the 1980s and focuses mainly on a college freshman who tries to adjust to the party life of undergraduate studying while looking to break into the school's baseball team. It stars Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner, and Wyatt Russell and should be released next year.

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Dazed and Confused grossed less than $8 million at the U.S. box office but later achieved cult status. It starred breakthrough performances from the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg and Ben Affleck.

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