In Blumhouse's most ambitious project so far, Richard Linklater brings Stephen Sondheim's musical Merrily We Roll Along to the screen, but will shoot the film over a 20-year period. Beanie Feldstein, Ben Platt and Blake Jenner will be the stars.
The main photography was completed for the first segment of the film. Linklater has shot his Oscar-nominated picture Boyhood over 12 years.
Producers are Ginger Sledge ( Where'd you go, Bernadette Everyone wants something !! ]) and Jason Blum ( Whip Lash Get Out ) for Blumhouse Productions, Jonathan Marc Sherman and Linklater. Rick Pappas brokered the deal on behalf of the authors of the musical Stephen Sondheim & George Furth.
Merrily We Roll Along was written by Furth with lyrics and music by Sondheim. It is based on the eponymous play from 1
The musical ran in 1981 for 44 previews and 16 performances on Broadway.
Linklater currently has the Annapurna image. Where have you gone, Bernadette? in cinemas.