As reported by Variety, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell have signed on to star in Last Flag Flying, the next film from Richard Linklater. The movie is an adaptation of Darryl Ponicsan’s 2005 novel of the same name, which was a sequel to his 1970 book The Last Detail. That book was previously made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, and Otis Young, making Linklater’s Last Flag Flying a “sequel of sorts,” as Variety calls it.
The Last Detail starred Nicholson and Young as Billy Badass and Mule, two Navy boys tasked with escorting an 18-year-old sailor named Meadows (Quaid) to prison after he tries to steal money from his commanding officer. However, they decide to show him a good time instead, and the trio goes on a series of adventures throughout the northeastern United States before Quaid is given to the authorities. Last Flag Flying picks up a few decades later, with the same characters reuniting to pick up the body of Meadows’ son after he’s killed in Iraq. Variety doesn’t specify, but we assume Cranston and Fishburne are playing the Nicholson and Young roles, with Carell replacing Quaid.
Amazon is reportedly “circling the project as a financier and distributor.”