Richard Linklater’s ‘Apollo 10 1/2’ Takes Off To Netflix With Jack Black, Zachary Levi
Richard Linklater is one of the weirdest filmmakers I have ever come across. It’s like his movies are about nothing. There’s not much happening in them. But he provides true cinematic immersion in a way that no other filmmaker does. It’s almost like he hypnotises you. His most orthodox movie is probably School of Rock. Everything else is *makes mind-blowing hand gestures* and I think his next movie is going to be equally or more *makes mind-blowing hand gestures*.
According to Deadline, Linklater Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure is in the works at Netflix. The story’s backdrop is the 1969 Apollo Moon mission and is inspired by Linklater’s childhood in Houston, TX. It is an hybrid of hand-drawn and computer animated imagery along with some live-action work. The live-action part of the movie was wrapped in March in Austin and the rest will be completed at Minnow Mountain in Austin and Submarine in the Netherlands. The movie will features Jack Black, Zachary Levi, Glen Powell, Josh Wiggins, Milo Coy, Lee Eddy, Bill Wise, Natalie L’Amoreaux, Jessica Brynn Cohen, Sam Chipman, and Danielle Guilbot.
While talking about the movie Linklater said,
“It struck me years ago that this was my film to make, from both a chronological and proximity level – I was there, going into 3rd grade. Our unique animation style allows both the conjuring of a world long gone, and the flowing, playful expression of memory and imagination. It’s been a fun, creative journey to incorporate things like 3D graphics into a live action shoot to help bring this story to life.”
Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure will be told from two perspectives. One will be that of the astronaut and mission control view of the triumphant moment on the Moon. The other will be the lesser-seen bottom up perspective of what it was all like from a kid’s perspective who lived near NASA but mostly watched their work through the confines of the idiot box, like hundreds of millions of others. And I think that that’s not a new idea. But in the hands of Linklater, it can be pretty interesting.
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