Boyhood and Everybody Wants Some!! helmer Richard Linklater is currently developing his next movie Last Flag Flying, a “sort of” sequel to Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail, and THR is reporting that Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) and Laurence Fishburne (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) are all in talks to appear in the film.
Based on the 2005 novel by Darryl Ponicsan (his follow-up to 1970’s The Last Detail), Last Flag Flying follows the trio of characters from The Last Detail. The original film starred Jack Nicholson and Otis Young as two Navy officers tasked with escorting a young sailor (Randy Quaid) to prison but opt to show him a good time along the way. Linklater’s film will pick up a few decades later, with the sailor now enlisting the aid of his former captors in order to bring home the body of his son, who has been killed in Iraq.
Linklater has been developing the project for a decade now, and originally hoped to reunite Nicholson and Quaid, with Morgan Freeman stepping in to replace Young, who died in 2001. Production on the film is slated to get underway in November, with Amazon Studios set to finance and distribute the project.