As strange as it is that Brad Bird is directing Mission: Impossible 4, can you imagine if it was Richard Linklater instead? The filmmaker recently told The Playlist he was considered for that gig as well as a number of studio-produced horror flicks, but he didn't see himself a good fit for any of them. Not that he isn't capable of Hollywood fare -- he did remake The Bad New Bears, after all -- but the guy will always be associated with the indie film scene. Even his last work, Me and Orson Welles, was basically self-released.

And unfortunately, as he noted candidly to the movie blog, the two projects he's been working on since then are either dead or close. One of these is the "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused, titled That's What I'm Talking About, which is "just sitting there" because he can't seem to find an interested distributor. The other, the rom-com road movie centered around the Obama inauguration called Liars A-E, died when Miramax closed shop.

So why isn't Linklater settling for an action sequel, horror reboot or mainstream comedy to keep his career going? Well, fortunately, he's always got his own arthouse-friendly ideas to try out first. He revealed that he's currently working on a black comedy he wrote ten years ago, which he referred to as "my Fargo." He explained that it's kind of a true crime story involving a funeral home assistant who befriends an old lady, and that it's got another fifty characters. Sounds like the Coen brothers meets Altman.
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