Richard Linklater adaptation of ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ starring Cate Blanchett to start filming July 2017

Cate Blanchett will star in the Richard Linklater-directed film adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestselling novel, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” — that much we know already. But at the Texas Film Awards in Austin, it was revealed the movie will begin filming this summer.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 14: Cate Blanchett attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

A walk-on role in Linklater’s new film was part of an auction package at the awards Thursday night (two bidders ended up purchasing the package for $42,000 total, which benefits the Austin Film Society).

Semple’s 2012 novel spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s the story of Bernadette Fox, an eccentric agoraphobic mother who disappears before a family trip to Antarctica. The book is narrated by her 15-year-old daughter, Bee Branch. No word yet on who will play the daughter in the movie.

The movie’s screenplay was adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, known for “The Fault in Our Stars” and “500 Days of Summer.” Stephen Feder, who worked on Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some,” will be the executive producer.

PHOTOS: Texas Film Awards red carpet

RELATED: Shirley MacLaine walks the Texas Film Awards red carpet with Richard Linklater

 

Robert Rodriguez honors Bill Paxton at Texas Film Awards

While the Texas Film Awards Thursday night were about celebrating the many accomplishments of the film industry, organizers paused the celebrations to remember two Texas film industry heavyweights that died in the last year: Debbie Reynolds and Bill Paxton.

Bill Paxton, looking concerned, as Fred Haise in “Apollo 13”

Reynolds, an El Paso native, was honored at the start of the ceremony with a “Singin’ in the Rain” tribute performance by Austin musician Suzanna Choffel, and in the middle of the ceremony, Austin director Robert Rodriguez took the stage to honor his friend, Fort Worth actor Bill Paxton, who died in February. The two worked together on Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (Paxton played Dinky Winks, an eccentric theme park owner). Rodriguez paid tribute to the actor upon hearing of his death, saying working with the Texas actor was a highlight of his career.

PHOTOS: Texas Film Awards red carpet

Rodriguez told a story about Paxton, saying that when they started working together, digital cameras were relatively new and he discovered that he could just “let them run” to catch improvised moments on camera, and Rodriguez thought that would be a perfect scenario for Paxton to improvise funny moments — but when the actor showed up on set, he said, “I’m like an old pony. You gotta walk me around. I need rehearsal.”

Rodriguez was surprised, saying, “You’d think he’s making it up as he goes. He worked very hard at making it look effortless and easy. He was a great man, a great actor, a great friend and a great Texan.”

RELATED: Shirley MacLaine walks the red carpet with Richard Linklater at the Texas Film Awards

RELATED: Wrapping up the Texas Film Awards

Paxton was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2007, and the Austin Film Society honored him Thursday night by playing his full acceptance speech for the award, followed by clips from two of his co-stars: Kevin Bacon and Tom Cruise.

Both actors got teary-eyed as they talked about Paxton. Bacon, who worked on “Apollo 13” with Paxton, told a story about a time Paxton took off his oxygen mask while filming the movie and got giddy with laughter. Cruise, who starred in “Edge of Tomorrow” with Paxton, started his tribute with this: “He entertained me.” That’s something many Texans will remember about Paxton.

RELATED: Versatile Texas actor Bill Paxton’s career was all over the place in the best way

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Bill Paxton says he’s no “Super Texan” but he still has state pride

 

Shirley MacLaine walks the Texas Film Awards red carpet with Richard Linklater

Shirley MacLaine, whose legendary film “Terms of Endearment” was honored with the Star of Texas Award at the Texas Film Awards at Austin Studios Thursday night, had someone special on her arm on the red carpet before the ceremony: Austin’s own Richard Linklater.

PHOTOS: Texas Film Awards red carpet

Both were wearing excellent shirts.

They walked the red carpet together, but are they working together anytime soon?

“That would be wonderful,” Linklater said. “Shirley’s not going anywhere.”

Linklater presented MacLaine with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the awards Thursday, honoring the actress’ illustrious career more than 50 films.

RELATED: Wrapping up the Texas Film Awards

RELATED: Robert Rodriguez honors Bill Paxton at the Texas Film Awards

The Austin director, who worked with MacLaine on “Bernie,” called the actress an honorary Texan. He even paid tribute to her with his outfit: his loud bowling shirt had a picture of MacLaine on it.

MacLaine, accepting the award, said she was glad to be there — “I’m glad to be anywhere,” she joked. In her acceptance speech, she gushed about her love for Austin and how great it felt to be in a creative community.

“I think you should build a wall around this city,” she said. “I’m overwhelmed every time I come back here.”

‘The Son’ starts shooting in Austin this month, with new star — Pierce Brosnan

 

FILE - 23 OCTOBER 2012: Tonight the twenty-third film in the James Brown series ‘Skyfall’ starring Daniel Craig as 007 will make its red carpet Royal World Premiere at Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Irish actor Pierce Brosnan appearing as British secret service agent James Bond, late 1990s. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)

Austin writer Philipp Meyer’s “The Son” is scheduled to start shooting this month in the Austin area, and Pierce Brosnan, the former James Bond, will be replacing Sam Neill as Eli, the patriarch of an oil and ranching family.

The new casting was first reported by Deadline.com, which said Neill dropped out of the project for personal reasons.

theson__140604221005The AMC series is based on the book by Meyer and written by Meyer and fellow Michener Center for Writers grads Lee Shipman and Brain McGreevy.

“The Son,” a 2013 Texas epic about the McCullough family, has been hailed as some of the best fiction to come out of the state in recent years.

It deals with Eli McCullough, who was kidnapped by Comanches as a child and goes on to found an empire. It also follows the fortunes of his children and their heirs.

Besides starring as Bond, Brosnan is also known for the 1980s NBC series “Remington Steele.”