Megalopolis: Francis Ford Coppola bets his fortune to finance his legendary project

The director wants to hire big stars including Oscar Isaac and Cate Blanchett.

The cinephile planet is in turmoil. Francis Ford Coppola went crazy and decided to stake a large part of his personal fortune so that Megalopolis, an ultra-ambitious and long-standing project that he had to abandon, finally saw the light of day. The director of Godfather and D’Apocalypse Now has been talking about it for two years, but everyone was skeptical about the feasibility of the thing. And for good reason, Coppola, 82 years old today, has not toured for ten years (Twixt) and is no longer popular with the big studios.

Does anyone want to fund a Coppola blockbuster in 2021? Never mind, the filmmaker has just announced that he would himself support part of the feature film’s budget, estimated between 100 and 120 million dollars (via Deadline). He wants big stars to wear and the movie and has started talks with Oscar Isaac (who happens to play Coppola in an upcoming film about the creation of the Godfather), Forest Whitaker, Cate Blanchett, Jon Voight, Zendaya, Michelle Pfeiffer or Jessica Lange. James Caan, whom he directed in The Godfather, would already be there.

It has become a kind of religious war, in the sense that it is not based on any logic “, confided the director, to whom we also owe Secret Conversation, Outsiders, Dracula Where Rusty james, at Deadline. “I think the important information is that I am still the same as 20 or 40 years ago. I always want to make a dream movie, even if I have to stake my own money, I am able to put out $ 100 million if I have to. I don’t want to, but if I have to I would.

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If Coppola can afford this madness, it is thanks to the fortune he has amassed through his vineyards, part of which he has just sold. And he seems more determined than ever: “I have made a commitment to make this film, I would like to shoot it in the fall of 2022. Not all of my casting is validated, but I have enough to be confident that it will be an exciting cast. The film will cost between 100 and 120 million dollars. But obviously I would prefer it to be closer to 100. ”

Everyone wants to make the next Marvel, but nobody wants to make a movie that really gives hope to the youth, that we’re ready to come together and solve any problem that comes our way.“, continues Coppola.”This is what I believe and this will be the real theme of the film (…) It is time for us to realize that the society in which we live is not the only alternative available to us.. ”

Coppola also explained to Deadline that Megalopolis will take place in a modern city but will be inspired by ancient Rome: “It is a peplum, in the traditional style of Cecile B. DeMille or Ben-Hur, but located nowadays and centered in America. It is based on the conspiracy of Catiline (a political plot that marked the history of Rome, Editor’s note), which comes from ancient Rome. It was a famous duel between a patrician, role which will be played by Oscar Isaac, and the famous Cicero, which will be played by Forest Whitaker. He will be the cornered mayor of New York, in the midst of the financial crisis“His character will be inspired by David Dinkins, who was mayor of the Big Apple in the early 1990s, further details Coppola.”The story does not take place in a specific time, it is a vision of modern New York, which I call New Rome“.

Will Coppola be able to conclude his immense career with a last monumental work, worthy of his greatest films? It is the secret dream that will live in us in the coming months.

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