Richard Linklater confirms secret film set during NASA moon landing
Following Boyhood, Everybody Wants Some, and Last Flag Flying, director Richard Linklater is laying the groundwork for his next project. The filmmaker revealed the first details for his undercover movie by putting out a call for archival footage.
“Where were you when we landed on the moon?” his team asks in a query posted on the Texas Film Commission’s website. “The Apollo 11 landing is one of the most significant days in human history. For Houstonians, it’s a day we’ll never forget. The summer of 1969 was an unforgettable chapter in Houston history, and we want to share your memories of that time with the rest of the world.”
Linklater is looking specifically for “home movies and archival images from Houston in the 1960s.” For example, the post says, “Have a home movie from Astroworld or the Astrodome, or a recording of your little brother with Kitrik? Did someone you know use a Kinescope to record the moon landing? If so, we want to see it and anything else that documents that era!”
Linklater confirmed the 1960s Houston setting to The Houston Chronicle, which notes that the untitled film will be told from a kid’s point of view. “You had so much going on in Houston at once: NASA, the Medical Center, the Astrodome,” Linklater told the paper.
“There was a communal atmosphere,” he added. “You had all these kids with parents working at NASA for a common goal.”
Linklater is also working on an adaptation of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, based on the best-selling novel from Maria Semple. Kristen Wiig and Cate Blanchett star in the film, which has been set for release Oct. 19.