Movie Fact #847 – August 17th, 2015:

In 2006, director Richard Linklater expressed an interest in adapting the novel “Last Flag Flying”, a sequel to 1970 novel “The Last Detail”, both novels by author Darryl Ponicsan. “The Last Detail” had already been adapted into a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring actors Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid with the screenplay adapted from the novel by screenwriter Robert Towne.

Linklater went as far as writing a screenplay and sending a copy to Quaid, who played the character Seaman Laurence M. “Larry” Meadows, but said that he would not do it unless Nicholson was involved. Nicholson had played the lead character Signalman 1st Class Billy L. “Badass” Buddusky. In the sequel novel “Last Flag Flying”, Billy Buddusky runs a bar and is reunited with Larry Meadows after his son is killed in the Iraq War. It was rumored that actor Morgan Freeman was interested in taking over the role of Mule from actor Otis Young, who died in 2001 and originally played the character in “The Last Detail”.

The sequel film still hasn’t happened by having Linklater and Freeman join forces with Nicholson and Quaid would make for quite a film I feel.

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