Early last year it was announced that “Where’d You Go Bernadette” director Richard Linklater would make a movie centered around the 1969 moon landing, specifically the lives of those in Houston, Texas, who were working on the project (or at the very least adjacent to it). He’d even asked for people to send in their archival footage from the period, presumably to give the project even more texture and believability. (The Texas Film Commission website asked, “Where were you when we landed on the moon?”) But when speaking about the project earlier this week, Linklater confirmed that the project was no more.
“That one did not get off the launch pad,” Linklater said. “No one was willing to take the big leap or the small step for mankind at that time.” He’s not totally willing to accept defeat, though. “I've rejiggered it and I'm going to take another run at it. I'm still very passionate about it. I think it's going to happen in some form, but you know, I've had scripts hang out there for a few years, sometimes 10 years, and eventually the time changes and it's, ‘Oh yeah. It's time to get that made,’ you know?” He points to two projects the he completed recently, the “spiritual successor” to “Dazed and Confused,” “Everybody Wants Some!!” and “Last Flag Flying,” as being on the shelf for a while before finally getting the go-ahead.
Still, you can go see a new Richard Linklater movie this week, when “Where’d You Go Bernadette” (featuring another Oscar-worthy Cate Blanchett performance) opens wide.