With his new film, Richard Linklater is embarking on a sequel to Hal Ashby's 1974 film The Last Detail starring Jack Nicholson (Buddusky), Otis Young (Mulhall) and Randy Quaid (Meadows).
In the original, two marines decide to go on an adventure with a convict they are supposed to be escorting to a military prison. In Linklater's follow-up entitled Last Flag Flying, legendary actors Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell will be taking over the three roles.
Like Hal Ashby, the director of cult films like Boyhood, Before Sunset and Waking Life, is drawing inspiration for the film from the eponymous novels by American writer Darryl Ponicsan.
This new chapter will tell the story of three old army buddies who reunite during the Iraq war when Meadows gets the call to bring home the body of his deceased son.
Picked up by Amazon Studios, Last Flag Flying released a first trailer today. The three heroes, a little grizzled with age, come together to help each other through a difficult time, but Bryan Cranston's character brings some levity to the situation with his snarky sense of humor.
Last Flag Flying has been selected to open the New York Film Festival on September 28th and is expected to come to theaters on November 3rd.