When it comes to the career of Richard Linklater, one never quite knows that to expect next. Constantly changing genres and styles, just last year he surprised us with the secret shoot for Before Midnight and with that film hitting limited release this weekend, we’ve got updates on two of his long-gestating projects that we may see sooner than later.

We got an update on both of these works two years ago and now first up, it looks like his 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood is still on track for a 2014 release. An epic undertaking, shooting on and off since the summer of 2002, the film follows Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as a divorced couple who try to raise their child (Ellar Salmon), chronicling the boy’s life from first grade to the start of college.

Linklater recently told Collider that, “we’re kind of stuck in a chronology of age, so I think I’d like to be done with it next year. I think it would be great if it came out in 2014. I’m not totally sure, but that seems about right.” He added that his timeline has been his original plan and for those thinking it could be extensive in length he said, “It’s one feature film. It’ll be a little longer, like over two hours, but it’s not five hours or eight hours. It’s feature-length.”

As for the other project, much has been rumored about his spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused. Set during the first weekend at college, it’s titled That’s What I’m Talking About and wouldn’t feature any of the original characters. There was word that it was all financed, but we haven’t heard much..until now. Speaking in a Reddit AMA (via Movies.com), he remarked, “Hoping to make it this fall, actually. A college comedy. I feel like mixing it up with a big ensemble.” Does this mean we could see two films from Linklater next year? Our fingers are crossed and check back for updates as they come in.

Are you looking forward to both of these Linklater projects?

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