Previously titled That’s What I’m Talking About, Richard Linklater‘s 80s college baseball comedy-drama Everybody Wants Some saw its first trailer hit the internet tonight. The film, opening in theaters on April 15, 2016 but premiering a month before at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, stars Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell and Zoey Deutch. Linklater has called the film a “spiritual sequel” to his 1993 cult classic Dazed and Confused and a natural follow-up to Boyhood which followed the story of Mason from age six up until his first days at college.
As to how it could be both in line with Dazed and Confused and Boyhood, Linklater said “It’s a party film. 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.”
Now how in the hell this thing has pull quotes from the likes of Peter Travers three months before its world premiere, I cannot tell you. I am willing to wager that he just writes his pull quotes before he actually sees films nowadays. Regardless, does Everybody Want Some look like another home-run for the Austin auteur or will it be lesser Linklater? Give the trailer a watch for yourself and make a judgement call.
Everybody Wants Some is written and directed by Richard Linklater and stars Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell and Zoey Deutch. It opens April 15, 2016.