Richard Linklater has crafted some of the most distinct indie features of the last 30 years, and here’s his estimated net worth.
What is filmmaker Richard Linklater estimated net worth? While 1990’s Slacker is often considered the Texas-born Richard Linklater’s directorial debut, he actually helmed It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books first, a no-budget road movie from 1988. The movie was shot on Super 8 over the course of a year, with Linklater also starring and performing most of the technical duties himself. The movie is rough compared to his later work, but it already gave a preview of what would become recurring motifs in his work. Slacker followed shortly after and became a critical darling, and is often cited as the beginning of the indie film movement of the 1990s.
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Dazed And Confused was Richard Linklater’s real breakthrough and is considered one of his defining works. The 1993 movie has a cast with future stars like Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich and Matthew McConaughey, with the latter first coining his iconic catchphrase “Alright, alright, alright” in the movie. It’s a cult classic now and Linklater followed up with the romance Before Sunrise. This 1995 drama starred Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, with the movie spawning two sequels; 2004’s Before Sunset and 2013’s Before Midnight. It appears a new chapter in the franchise happens every nine years, so it will be interesting to see if another movie arrives in 2022.
Richard Linklater’s follow-up projects like comedy SubUrbia, period crime movie The Newton Boys or microbudget indie Tape failed to gather much notice. He ended up scoring a surprise smash with 2003’s School Of Rock, starring Jack Black as a guitarist who becomes a teacher at a fancy prep school. The movie grossed over $135 million worldwide, later spawning a hit TV series and a musical. His next movie Bad News Bears was a remake of a beloved kids movie but was a box-office dud, but A Scanner Darkly – a rotoscope animated sci-fi drama – starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. and Winona Ryder has since become another cult favorite. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Richard Linklater is worth $12 million.
In 2011 Richard Linklater would receive acclaim for Bernie, a true-life dark comedy starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. Arguably his best-known film is 2014’s Boyhood, which followed a boy named Mason over twelve years. Boyhood began filming in 2002 with lead actor Ellar Coltrane aging in real-time, alongside co-stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. The movie received almost universal acclaim for both its technical feat and being a touch, slice of life drama, with Patricia Arquette winning Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars for her work.
Recent Richard Linklater projects include nostalgic drama Everybody Wants Some!!, Last Flag Flying and the upcoming animated sci-fi movie Apollo 10½. His next, highly ambitious project is musical comedy Merrily We Roll Along, which aims to give Boyhood a run for its money by filming over 20 years. This puts its release date somewhere around 2040 when Richard Linklater himself will be 80 years old.
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