Richard Linklater Reteams With Jack Black For Live-Action/Animated Netflix Film ‘Apollo 10 1/2’

Today is the anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch mission to the moon, and what better day for Netflix to announce their latest film, Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure, a live-action/animation hybrid from writer/director Richard Linklater.

Deadline reports Netflix will distribute Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure, which is largely influenced by Linklater’s childhood growing up in Houston, TX. The background is 1969 with the story told from two perspectives: that of an astronaut and crew as they embark on the historic mission, and that of an excited kid who is obsessed with NASA and watches on TV like millions of others did.

The cast Linklater has put together is top-notch and includes Jack Black, Zachary Levi, Glen Powell, Josh Wiggins, Milo Coy, Lee Eddy, Bill Wise, Natalie L’Amoreaux, Jessica Brynn Cohen, Sam Chipman, and Danielle Guilbot.

The live-action portion completed filming in March, and now the animation side is being taken care of. That gives it a leg up towards completion, so the wait for it may not be too long. As of right now, Netflix has yet to set an official date.

Netflix seems like the right place for Linklater right now. His last few films, Where’d You Go Bernadette, Last Flag Flying, and Everybody Wants Some didn’t really connect with audiences like his earlier stuff, or even something as recent as Boyhood. Perhaps a reunion with his School of Rock and Bernie star is just what the doctor ordered.


Travis Hopson
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