“Merrily We Roll Along (2040)” tells the story of Franklin’s transition from a successful theater composer to a rising movie producer. The musical charts his journey, showcasing the sacrifices and challenges he faced, as well as the triumphs and growth that came with chasing his dreams. It’s a story of perseverance, passion, and the pursuit of happiness.
Time-Lapse Filming: A New Method
Filming will span 20 years for the movie, leading to its 2040 release date. Director Richard Linklater has utilized this time-lapse filming technique before, previously with the successful film “Boyhood,” which took 12 years to complete. This unique approach offers a unique perspective, capturing the passage of time and growth over an extended period. The end result is a film that reflects the journey of its characters in a profound and authentic way. This method is a bold choice for a filmmaker, but with the success of “Boyhood,” it’s evident that the time-lapse approach can result in a powerful and captivating story.
Shooting Schedule: Roughly Sketched Out
Ben Platt shares some details on the shooting schedule. Director Richard Linklater has already roughly mapped out the schedule, following the original script’s timeline from 1957 to 1976. Each sequence will be treated like a short film, offering a unique perspective and storytelling approach. The approach is in line with Linklater’s signature style, known for exploring complex themes and relationships over a span of time. The rough outline of the shooting schedule indicates a well thought-out plan for the film, promising a captivating story with a strong foundation.
From Film to Reality: Beanie Feldstein’s Journey
Beanie Feldstein takes on a familiar role, having appeared in the film “Lady Bird” (2017). In the movie, “Merrily We Roll Along” serves as the high school’s fall show, and Feldstein’s character lands the female lead role. Life imitates art as Feldstein is later cast as the same lead in the real-life movie adaptation. This connection between film and reality adds an extra layer of intrigue and personal connection for Feldstein, making her portrayal all the more impactful. This is a unique opportunity for an actress to bring her own experiences and insights to the role, elevating the film’s emotional depth and authenticity.