Richard Linklater has united some big names under his banner. The Boyhood filmmaker is on board to write and direct an adaptation of the 2005 novel Last Flag Flying, with Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne in talks to star, EW has confirmed.
Written by Darryl Ponicsan, Flag is a follow-up to his 1970 book The Last Detail, which was itself brought to the big screen by director Hal Ashby and screenwriter Robert Towne. The Oscar-nominated dramedy starred Jack Nicholson and Otis Young as two Navy lifers who are ordered to transport a naive sailor (Randy Quaid) to military prison, but take pity and try to show him a good time first.
Catching up with the trio in post-9/11 America, the sequel finds them retracing their fateful journey, this time to bring home the body of a son killed in the Iraq war.
Linklater has had his eye on adapting Last Flag Flying for years, and told MTV in 2006 he hoped to bring back Nicholson and Quaid. (That ship appears to have sailed.)
According to the Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, the project is set up at Amazon Studios and is eyeing a November start. Amazon did not respond to request for comment.
Cranston most recently starred in The Infiltrator and Trumbo, Carell in Cafe Society and The Big Short, and Fishburne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Linklater’s latest film was the college baseball comedy Everybody Wants Some.