Merrily We Roll Along: Linklater to Shoot Sondheim Musical Over 20 Years

Richard Linklater will direct an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Merrily We Roll Along, which will be shot over a period of 20 years.

Beanie Feldstein, Ben Platt and Blake Jenner will star in the film for the Blumhouse production.

“I first saw, and fell in love with Merrily We Roll Along in the 1980s and I can’t think of a better place to spend the next 20 years than in the world of a Sondheim musical. I don’t enter this multi-year experience lightly, but it seems the best, perhaps the only way, to do this story justice on film,” said Linklater.

Ginger Sledge, Jason Blum, Jonathan Marc Sherman, and Linklater are producers on the film.

Linklater, along with stars Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane, shot Boyhood over the course of 12 years. The film received several Oscar nominations and a supporting actress win for Arquette.