Richard Linklater and Jack Black will re-team for BERNIE

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
August 8th, 2010

The two best moments in Richard Linklater's films to date are as follows: when Wiley Wiggins puts his headphones on and lays back on his bed after a crazy night at a kegger in the woods (been to a few myself) at the end of DAZED AND CONFUSED and when Jack Black rockets down the hall with his Gibson SG in hand as the substitute teacher with a pick of gold in SCHOOL OF ROCK. Hopefully, when Linklater and Black reunite for their next film BERNIE - a dark comedy about a true story of an undertaker in east Texas who kills the richest woman in town - we'll be blessed with a nugget or two as memorable as those movie moments were.

The full story follows after the jump.

It is assumed that Black will play the undertaker Bernie Teide, who murdered his long time companion Marjorie Nugent (to be played by the fabulous Shirley MacLaine) in the small town of Carthage way back in 1997. Linklater had this to say about the project:

"It's a film I wrote about ten years ago," he revealed. "[And it's] set in a little town of Huntsville, East Texas, kind of a little black comedy. It's my FARGO in East Texas, where I grew up, so it's crazy local with fifty characters. It's about a funeral home assistant who befriends this old lady. It's kind of a true crime story."

We're big fans of Linklater (personally, I think SLACKER is one of the most influential movies of the past 25 years) and we know you are too because you're smart and cool. GATW promises to let you in on all the scoops surrounding BERNIE, just as soon as we find out about them.

Source ThePlaylist via Cinematical (lots of great info on BERNIE here)

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  • Carla

    I hope your filming is in Carthage where it all happened, not Huntsville where it is mentioned above. It just wouldn’t seem the same. Some of my family lives in Carthage and was there during this time. It just wouldn’t seem the same for it to be filmed any where else. Shirly Maclaine is terrific and will be great.

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