Global warming means most forecasts of the future are bleak, but at least we'll have a good movie to look forward to.
Director Richard Linklater will shoot an adaption of the Broadway musical "Merrily We Roll Along" for a whopping 20 years, THR confirmed Thursday. The principal cast members, all currently in their mid-20s, will be nearing age 50 by the time production wraps — and Linklater himself will be pushing 80.
Stephen Sondheim's 1981 musical is the story of a Broadway composer who ditches his friends, family and the entire East Coast in favor of integrating himself into LA's Hollywood scene. As you might've inferred from Linklater's production plans, the musical travels backwards through time, showing two decades of the protagonist's life as it unfolds. (The original play was published in 1934.)
Beanie Feldstein, Ben Platt and Blake Jenner will star.
Beanie Feldstein out and about
Beanie Feldstein out and about
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JULY 31: Beanie Feldstein attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on July 31, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 29: Beanie Feldstein attends Miu Miu Club event at Hippodrome d'Auteuil on June 29, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for miu miu)
US actress Beanie Feldstein arrives for the 2019 CFDA fashion awards at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City on June 3, 2019. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 843 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Beanie Feldstein during an interview with host Seth Meyers on May 22, 2019 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 22: Beanie Feldstein speaks onstage at The Wall Street Journal's "The Future of Everything Festival" at Spring Studios on May 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 22: Actress Beanie Feldstein visits Build Studios on May 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: (L-R) Actor Beanie Feldstein, actor, director and producer Olivia Wilde and actor Kaitlyn Dever attend The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences official Academy screening of "Booksmart" at the MoMA, Celeste Bartos Theater on May 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 21: Beanie Feldstein attends the New York Special Screening of "Booksmart" at the Whitby Hotel on May 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 13: Actress Beanie Feldstein attends the LA special screening of "Booksmart" at Ace Hotel on May 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 1073 -- Pictured: Actress Beanie Feldstein during an interview on May 21, 2019 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 13: Actors Beanie Feldstein (L) and Jonah Hill (R) attend the LA special screening of "Booksmart" at Ace Hotel on May 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 01: Beanie Feldstein arrives the '2019 Billboard Music Awards' at MGM Grand Arena on May 01, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Daniel Torok/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Beanie Feldstein attends the Gala Screening of "Booksmart" at Picturehouse Central on May 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage )
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Filming for one segment of the film has already wrapped. It's unclear when the next stage of production will pick up.
Linklater is no stranger to extremely long film projects: He famously directed 2014's "Boyhood" over a twelve-year period, documenting the fictional life of a boy growing up in Texas.
"Boyhood" was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning one, and took home multiple Golden Globes.