Richard Linklater Exits 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet'

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It seemed a little odd that Richard Linklater seemed eager to follow up Boyhood -- one of the more critically acclaimed prestige pics of this or any season -- with a remake of the live-action/animated Don Knotts comedy The Incredible Mr. Limpet, which Warner Bros. has been struggling to remake for years. And now it seems that -- for the studio, anyway -- Linklater's involvement was ultimately too good to be true.

Citing the ever-popular "scheduling conflicts," Linklater has reportedly left the project, leaving Warners scrambling to find a new director while its cast (including Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm) is still lined up and ready to go. There's no word yet on who might replace him, but Linklater is rumored to already have his eye on his actual next film, a "spiritual sequel" to his cult classic comedy Dazed and Confused.

Titled That's What I'm Talking About, the movie is said to be set in the '80s and take place on a college campus, and it's something he's talked about making for years, although he's apparently struggled to find financing. With Boyhood under his belt, that shouldn't be as much of an issue, so perhaps he's taking this opportunity to spend a little of the career capital that comes with all that critical buzz.

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