Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic 1979 war film “Apocalypse Now” is making a comeback in the most unexpected way – as a video game set to be co-produced by the filmmaker’s American Zoetrope label.
A newly launched Kickstarter for the project, titled “Apocalypse Now: The Game,” describes the project as an “immersive, psychedelic horror [role-playing game]” and reveals that the design team on it worked on such franchises as “The Witcher” and “Fallout”. The Kickstarter seeks $900,000 and is the first step in what’s estimated to be a three-year process.
Like the film, the game follows Capt. Benjamin Willard, on a mission to assassinate Colonel Kurtz. Unlike the film, you as Willard will have plenty of opportunities to abandon their mission and explore other parts of the Vietnam War. On a video promoting the Kickstarter, Coppola says:
“Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art picture that could hopefully influence generations of viewers for years to come. Today, I’m joined by new daredevils, a team who want to make an interactive version of Apocalypse Now, where you are Captain Benjamin Willard amidst the harsh backdrop of the Vietnam War. I’ve been watching videogames grow into a meaningful way to tell stories, and I’m excited to explore the possibilities for Apocalypse Now for a new platform and a new generation.”
Coppola’s “The Godfather” franchise was previously turned into a game in 2006, but that was done without the blessing of the director even though it did feature input from stars James Caan, Robert Duvall and Marlon Brando.
Source: Heat Vision