Director Richard Linklater’s new film Everybody Wants Some!! is about the fleeting joy of college, focusing on a group of male star athletes and taking place in the early ’80s. Linklater refers to the film as the “spiritual sequel” to his hits Boyhood and Dazed and Confused.
“This film is as close as I would get to a sequel,” he tells Indiewire‘s The Playlist. “And I thought, strangely, as a continuation to Boyhood, I wondered if a film could be two things, a sequel or continuation to two different films? It just became autobiographical, about that moment when you go off to college. If Mitch [from Dazed and Confused] had done that four years later, maybe. When I was filming the last scene of Boyhood, I was telling the actors I had a movie idea that started right there, with characters going to college, and I hoped I could make that movie. It’s funny, Boyhood in a way helped this get made. There’s a relationship between Boyhood and Everybody Wants Some!! that’s almost as strong as the tie to Dazed. They start at the same time.”