Celebrated filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s long-gestating passion project, the sprawling and ambitious “Megalopolis,” seems to be moving again.
Deadline reports that Coppola, who is turning 80, told them he has his script done and ready and he has begun speaking informally to potential stars with Jude Law’s name reportedly among those who might potentially be in the project. The story is set in New York and follows an architect’s attempt to create a utopia in the city, combated by the mayor. Coppola says:
“I plan this year to begin my longstanding ambition to make a major work utilizing all I have learned during my long career, beginning at age 16 doing theater, and that will be an epic on a grand scale, which I’ve entitled Megalopolis.
It is unusual; it will be a production on a grand scale with a large cast. It makes use of all of my years of trying films in different styles and types culminating in what I think is my own voice and aspiration. It is not within the mainstream of what is produced now, but I am intending and wishing and in fact encouraged, to begin production this year.”
Coppola recently locked “Apocalypse Now: Final Cut,” a new version of the film which will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival with a screening and Q&A hosted by Steven Soderbergh. Coppola says with people now more willing to accept both general weirdness and seeing the film as a grand and long epic as opposed to a more regular movie, he’s come up with a new version that feels more substantial than the theatrical but is shorter than the Redux version which just shoved everything back in.
That screening takes place on April 28th, it’s hoped this Final Cut version will get a release later this year.