At 82, the director of Apocalypse Now intends to shoot the film of his dreams.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Godfather (which will be released in cinemas this Wednesday in a restored version), QG publishes a long portrait of its director, Francis Ford Coppola. Invited to spend several days with him in his home, journalist Zach Baron was able to question the filmmaker about his heritage, but also about his next film, Megalopolis, which he has been planning for forty years. He said last August be ready to invest a good part of your personal fortune to finance it, and he reiterates his words, saying that he could thus have a comfortable budget of 120 million dollars to realize this utopia taking place in a futuristic New York inspired by ancient Rome. Courting Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Forest Whitaker, Cate Blanchett, Jon Voight, Michelle Pfeiffer or even Jessica Lange and James Caan for this project that is so close to his heart, he says “to have nothing to do with the financial impact of this project. It means nothing to me. (…) My motivation in everything I have done in my life has never been to earn money, but the fact is that I have amassed some over time.”
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He develops by evoking the success of the Godfather in 1972, which according to him has “ruined” : “It was so successful that after that everything I did was compared to that movie.” He then remembers having had a lot of trouble financing Apocalypse Now : “I had won five Oscars and had become Hollywood’s most prominent director. Then I wanted to shoot Apocalypse Now. This film belongs entirely to me. You know why ? Because nobody wanted to do it.” He had already created his production company, American Zoetrope, and decided to self-finance most of this work, even if it meant going into debt of several million dollars. Then, ironically, he made his fortune in a completely different field: wine. Running a winery for decades has allowed him to earn more than just his accomplishments, which explains how he could shell out over $100 million to complete his dream movie.
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